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The cardiovascular effects of exposure to particulate matter from bushfire smoke in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease

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Efraemson, D and Colgan, J and Greenwood, M, The cardiovascular effects of exposure to particulate matter from bushfire smoke in patients with pre-existing cardiovascular disease, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 15, (12) pp. 1-7. ISSN 2052-2207 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.12968/ bjca.2020.0110

Abstract

Particulate matter in bushfire smoke is linked to increased cardiovascular events, among other effects. It has been postulated that fine particulates may translocate into the bloodstream, causing inflammatory responses. Smoke particles can carry long distances and are linked to increased mortality and long-term health impacts. Given these risks, nurses caring for cardiovascular patients should be aware of the relationship between poor air quality and the increase in cardiac events in patients with existing cardiovascular disease. The seasons in which fires occur across the world are starting earlier, finishing later and are of increasing intensity, thus cardiac nurses need to understand and prepare for the subclinical effects. Adapted, preventative strategies, including health education and awareness of risk to vulnerable populations, will optimise cardiovascular nursing care outcomes for patients with cardiovascular and other chronic health problems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cardiovascular disease, bushfire, smoke exposure, cardiac nursing management, cardiac rehabilitation
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Acute care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Colgan, J (Ms Jacqueline Colgan)
UTAS Author:Greenwood, M (Associate Professor Melanie Greenwood)
ID Code:142284
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-01-05
Last Modified:2021-07-05
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