• 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]