|Title||Low-level lead exposure and mortality in US adults:
a population-based cohort study
|Journal||The Lancet Public Health|
|Authors||Lanphear BP, Rauch S, Auinger P, Allen RW, Hornung RW|
|Link to article|
Lead exposure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease mortality, but the number of deaths in the USA attributable to lead exposure is poorly defined. We aimed to quantify the relative contribution of environmental lead exposure to all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease mortality, and ischaemic heart disease mortality. Our findings suggest that low-level environmental lead exposure is an important, but largely overlooked, risk factor for cardiovascular disease mortality in the USA. A comprehensive strategy to prevent deaths from cardiovascular disease should include efforts to reduce lead exposure.