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Risk of nonaccidental and cardiovascular mortality in relation to long-term exposure to low concentrations of fine particulate matter : a Canadian national-level cohort study Crouse, Dan L.; Peters, Paul A.; van Donkelaar, Aaron; Goldberg, Mark S.; Villeneuve, Paul J.; Brion, Orly; Khan, Saeeda; Atari, Dominic Odwa; Jerrett, Michael; Pope III, C. Arden; Brauer, Michael; Brook, Jeffrey R.; Martin, Randall V.; Stieb, David; Burnett, Richard T.


Background: Few cohort studies have evaluated the risk of mortality associated with long-term exposure to fine particulate matter [≤ 2.5 μm in aerodynamic diameter (PM₂.₅)]. This is the first national-level cohort study to investigate these risks in Canada. Objective: We investigated the association between long-term exposure to ambient PM₂.₅ and cardiovascular mortality in nonimmigrant Canadian adults. Methods: We assigned estimates of exposure to ambient PM₂.₅ derived from satellite observations to a cohort of 2.1 million Canadian adults who in 1991 were among the 20% of the population mandated to provide detailed census data. We identified deaths occurring between 1991 and 2001 through record linkage. We calculated hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) adjusted for available individual-level and contextual covariates using both standard Cox proportional survival models and nested, spatial random-effects survival models. Results: Using standard Cox models, we calculated HRs of 1.15 (95% CI: 1.13, 1.16) from nonaccidental causes and 1.31 (95% CI: 1.27, 1.35) from ischemic heart disease for each 10-μg/m³ increase in concentrations of PM₂.₅. Using spatial random-effects models controlling for the same variables, we calculated HRs of 1.10 (95% CI: 1.05, 1.15) and 1.30 (95% CI: 1.18, 1.43), respectively. We found similar associations between nonaccidental mortality and PM₂.₅ based on satellite-derived estimates and ground-based measurements in a subanalysis of subjects in 11 cities. Conclusions: In this large national cohort of nonimmigrant Canadians, mortality was associated with long-term exposure to PM₂.₅. Associations were observed with exposures to PM₂.₅ at concentrations that were predominantly lower (mean, 8.7 μg/m³; interquartile range, 6.2 μg/m³) than those reported previously.

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