Environmental tobacco smoke and atrial fibrillation the REasons for geographic and racial differences in stroke (REGARDS) study

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  • © 2015 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Objective: This study examines the association between environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure and atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods: We examined the cross-sectional association between ETS exposure and AF in 12,021 participants (mean age: 659.9 years; 60% women; 40% blacks) from the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke study who self-identified as never smokers between 2003 and 2007. Results: A total of 2503 (21%) participants reported ETS exposure. In a multivariate logistic regression model adjusted for sociodemographics and potential confounders, ETS exposure was significantly associated with AF (odds ratio=1.27, 95% confidence interval=1.08, 1.50). Conclusions: Our findings suggest that the harmful effects of ETS exposure extend to sustained arrhythmias such as AF.
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  • O'Neal WT; Qureshi WT; Judd SE; McClure LA; Cushman M; Howard VJ; Howard G; Soliman EZ
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  • 1154
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  • 1158
  • Volume

  • 57
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  • 11