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.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health|
|Publication status||Published - 1991 Apr|
- Autonomic nervous system
- R-R interval variation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health