Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Atrial Fibrillation: The REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study.

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  • 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: 65 ± 9.9 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.
  • Keywords

  • Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Atrial Fibrillation, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Logistic Models, Male, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Prospective Studies, Risk Factors, Tobacco Smoke Pollution
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    Author List

  • O'Neal WT; Qureshi WT; Judd SE; McClure LA; Cushman M; Howard VJ; Howard G; Soliman EZ
  • Start Page

  • 1154
  • End Page

  • 1158
  • Volume

  • 57
  • Issue

  • 11