Different Associations of Blood Lead, Meso 2, 3-Dimercaptosuccinic Acid (DMSA)-Chelatable Lead, and Tibial Lead Levels with Blood Pressure in 543 Former Organolead Manufacturing Workers

Brian S. Schwartz, Walter F. Stewart, Brian S. Schwartz, Brian S. Schwartz, Walter F. Stewart, David Simon, Andrew C. Todd, Jonathan M. Links

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Abstract

In this study, the authors' objective was to determine the influence of blood lead, meso 2, 3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA)-chelatable lead, and tibial lead on systolic and diastolic blood pressures and on hypertension in 543 former organolead manufacturing workers. All workers had past exposure to inorganic and organic lead. The authors used linear regression to model systolic and diastolic blood pressure separately, and logistic regression was used for the modeling of hypertension status (i.e., systolic blood pressure > 160 mm Hg, diastolic blood pressure ≥ 96 mm Hg, or current use of antihypertensive medications). Blood lead, DMSA-chelatable lead, and tibial lead levels had means (standard deviations appear within parentheses) of 4.6 μmlg/dl (2.6 μmlg/dl), 19.3 μmlg (17.2 μmlg), and 14.4 μmlg/g (9.3 μmlg/g) respectively. The authors adjusted for covariates, and they found that blood lead was a predictor of (1) both systolic and diastolic blood pressures and (2) hypertension status in men ≤ 58 y of age. DMSA-chelatable lead and tibial lead were not associated with any of the blood pressure measures. Systolic blood pressure was elevated by blood lead levels as low as 5 μmlg/dl. We speculate that lead may have a transient influence on blood pressure that is related to target dose levels obtained once release of lead from body stores has occurred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Environmental Health
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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