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Document ID (ISN)106647
CIS number 07-634
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fenga C., Cacciola A., Martino L.B., Calderaro S.R., Di Nola C., Verzera A., Trimarchi G., German˛ D.
Title Relationship of blood lead levels to blood pressure in exhaust battery storage workers
Bibliographic information Apr. 2006, Vol.44, No.2, p.304-309. 18 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract This study examined the relationship between occupational lead exposure and elevated blood pressure among a group of 27 workers of a lead battery plant in Italy aged between 27 to 62 years. Measurements were taken of blood lead concentration, blood biomarkers of lead exposure, body mass index and systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The results showed that long-term occupational exposure was related to a slight increase of systolic and diastolic blood pressure among workers who had been exposed to higher levels of lead compared to those exposed to lower levels. Furthermore, blood lead concentration was higher among workers exposed to higher levels of ambient lead, while in the same group of workers ALAD (aminolevulinic acid dehydratase) activity was reduced. It is concluded that long term cumulative lead exposure can significantly increase blood pressure in workers exposed to low levels of lead.
Descriptors (primary) lead; battery and dry cell manufacture; blood pressure
Descriptors (secondary) Italy; enzyme activity; body weight; determination in blood; long-term exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Cardiovascular diseases
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment
Lead and compounds
Inorganic substances