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- Received May 17, 1983
- Revision received July 12, 1983
- Accepted July 18, 1983
- Published online December 1, 1983.
- Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD*
- ↵*Address for reprints: Samuel Z. Goldhaber, MD, 55 Pond Avenue, Brookline, Massachusetts 02146.
Cardiovascular effects of potential occupational hazards have received relatively little attention. The major inhalant occupational exposures of concern are carbon disulfide, nitrates, halogenated hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide. Occupational exposure to certain trace metals may also be associated with adverse cardiovascular effects. Of concern is potential toxicity from cobalt, antimony, lead, cadmium and arsenic. Potential physical hazards exist in association with noise, heat and radiofrequency radiation. In most instances, the data are suggestive rather than conclusive. Further epidemiologic studies with careful control for potentially complicating factors, such as baseline differences in blood pressure, cigarette smoking habits and age, are needed. In some areas where epidemiologic studies have provided clues, the mechanisms of action of potential occupational hazards require further basic scientific investigation.
- Received May 17, 1983.
- Revision received July 12, 1983.
- Accepted July 18, 1983.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation