- NEWS . 23 Dec 2019
Risk of emergency hospital admissions for ACS patients correlates with ambient temperature
Both low and high temperatures are significantly associated with higher risks of emergency hospital admissions for acute coronary syndrome (ACS), according to a study in China.
Researchers collected data on ACS emergency hospitalizations from two highest-ranking hospitals in the central urban area of Yancheng, China, an area that has a subtropical monsoon climate. They identified a total of 5,303 cases of ACS emergency hospitalizations during the 5-year study period.
The effects of extreme low temperature on ACS hospitalizations occurred on the present day and lasted for 3 days, followed by the harvesting effect. The effects of extreme high temperature occurred on the present day and lasted for 5 days. The cumulative relative risks of ACS were 2.14 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.32–3.47) for extremely low temperature and 1.66 (95% CI, 1.33–2.06) for extremely high temperature over the lag of 0–5 days, compared with the reference temperature at 25.0°C.
Guo S, et al. Association between ambient temperature and daily emergency hospitalizations for acute coronary syndrome in Yancheng, China. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2019. doi: 10.1007/s11356-019-07084-9. [Epub ahead of print]