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Sci Total Environ. 1994 Mar 1;142(1-2):29-31.

Mortality from cardiovascular diseases among male workers at the radiochemical plant of the 'Mayak' complex.

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Public Health Ministry of the Russian Federation, Biophysics Institute Branch N1, Chelyabinsk-65.


An epidemiologic retrospective study was conducted on the basis of a personnel registry, including 9373 male workers who had started to work at the radiochemical plant during the period from 1948 to 1972, inclusive. Male mortality from cardiovascular disease proved to be 271.1 cases in 100,000 persons/year on average. The age-standardized mortality amounted to 502.5 cases in 100,000 persons/year, which is significantly lower than that of the entire male population. Regarding the structure of mortality from cardiovascular diseases in the studied male groups, the mortality rate from ischemic heart disease (IHD) was 63.7% and that from cerebrovascular disease 21.5%, compared with 57% and 30%, respectively, for the general male population. Mortality from cardiovascular diseases is lower in the study groups than in the general public and does not depend on the external gamma-irradiation dose.

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