Effect of lead on cardiac parasympathetic function

Koji Teruya, Haruhiko Sakurai, Kazuyuki Omae, Toshiaki Higashi, Takashi Muto, Yoko Kaneko

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Abstract

A cross-sectional survey was performed on 172 male, lead exposed workers to clarify the effects of lead on the cardiac autonomic nervous system expressed as the decrease of R-R interval variation on an electrocardiogram and to obviate the dose-effect relationship between blood-lead level (Pb-B) and the degree of the decrease. For 132 workers who were exposed to lead for more than one year and whose Pb-B levels were relatively stable (Pb-B variation less than 20 μg/dl during recent one year), a significant dose-related decrease of R-R interval variation during deep breathing was observed. Age-adjusted R-R interval variation during deep breathing in those whose Pb-B were 30 μg/dl or above was significantly decreased compared with those whose Pb-B levels were 20 μg/dl or below. This decrease was observed more clearly in younger workers. These results suggest that an effect on autonomic nervous system expressed as decrease of R-R interval variation during deep breathing might be one of the earliest effects of lead exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-553
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Volume62
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1991 Apr 1

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Keywords

  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Lead
  • R-R interval variation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Teruya, K., Sakurai, H., Omae, K., Higashi, T., Muto, T., & Kaneko, Y. (1991). Effect of lead on cardiac parasympathetic function. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 62(8), 549-553. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00381107