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Document ID (ISN)24082
CIS number 75-2075
ISSN - Serial title 0028-4793 - New England Journal of Medicine
Year 1975
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Paffenbarger R.S., Hale W.E.
Title Work activity and coronary heart mortality.
Bibliographic information Mar. 1975, Vol.292, No.11, p.545-550. Illus. 34 ref.
Abstract 6,351 longshoremen were followed up for 22 years or until death or the age of 75. Their longshoring experience was computed in terms of work-years according to categories of high, medium and low caloric output. An age-adjusted coronary death rate of 26.9 per 10,000 work-years was found for the high activity category, compared with 46.3 and 49.0 for the medium and low categories. The rate of the sudden death syndrome was 5.6 in the heavy workers, 19.9 in moderate and 15.7 in light workers. Repeated bursts of high energy output establish a plateau of protection against coronary mortality. Mechanisms that may explain this finding are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) coronary diseases; dock work; heart diseases; mortality; heavy work
Descriptors (secondary) USA; long-term study; energy expenditure
Document type -
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Water transportation
Cardiovascular diseases