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Suspected association of ventricular arrhythmia with air pollution in a motorbike rider: a case report
Department of Clinical Physiology, Örebro University Hospital , Örebro, Sweden.
2008 (English)In: Journal of medical case reports, ISSN 1752-1947, Vol. 2, p. 192-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

INTRODUCTION: Premature ventricular complexes are to some extent a normal finding in healthy individuals and the prevalence increases with age and is more common in men. Premature ventricular complexes can occur in association with a variety of stimuli, and a lesser known cause is the association between air pollution and ventricular arrhythmias.

CASE PRESENTATION: A previously healthy man started to ride a lightweight motorbike in heavy traffic. A few weeks later he was admitted to hospital with premature ventricular complexes in bigeminy, which decreased after a few days when he was not exposed to exhaust fumes. A few weeks later he started using the motorbike again and the same symptoms developed once more, only to subside when he stopped riding in heavy traffic.

CONCLUSION: Studies have shown an association between air pollution and premature ventricular complexes and other kinds of arrhythmias. The mechanism may be changes in cardiac autonomic function, including heart rate and heart rate variability. Air pollution should be considered when patients present with arrhythmias and no other causes are found.

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2008. Vol. 2, p. 192-
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-3411DOI: 10.1186/1752-1947-2-192PubMedID: 18522736Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-45549103880OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-3411DiVA, id: diva2:137708
Available from: 2008-12-04 Created: 2008-12-04 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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