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Environmental Contributors to Cardiovascular Disease: Emerging Research on Heavy Metals and Air Pollution

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This webinar will be moderated by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, CHE’s Science Director. It will last for 60 minutes and be recorded for our call and webinar archive.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death worldwide, causes over 15 million deaths each year. Deaths from CVD have declined in the US over the past 50 years, whereas global mortality rates have risen. Cardiovascular disease is usually attributed to tobacco use, hypertension, diabetes, dietary factors, and lack of physical activity, but toxic chemicals and pollutants are major contributors to CVD mortality.

Lead, a ubiquitous and toxic metal, is causally associated with hypertension and coronary heart disease. Until recently, the number of deaths in the U.S. attributable to lead exposure had not been estimated using a nationally representative cohort. It was also unclear if concentrations of lead in blood below the current action level for adults (5 µg/dL or 50 ppb) were associated with deaths from cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease. Dr. Bruce Lanphear, Clinician Scientist at the BC Children’s Research Institute and a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, will summarize the results of a new study on the number of deaths attributable to lead exposure in the US. He will also describe the potential contribution of the reduction in lead exposure to the decline in coronary artery disease over the past 50 years.

Featured speakers include Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH; Ana Navas-Acien, PhD, MD, MPH and Aruni Bhatnager PhD, FAHA.


September 25th 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM




Collaborative on Health and the Environment