The aim of the cardiovascular stream is to investigate possible long term health effects of the mine fire on cardiovascular health.
The research questions are whether exposure to smoke from the Hazelwood coal mine fire is associated with:
- Abnormal Electrocardiographs (ECG)
- Markers of early vascular disease (endothelial function)
- Inflammatory markers, such as C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
The information collected during the adult survey will be used to identify the sub-cohort for the cardiovascular study. This sub-study will focus on people who are 65 years of age or older.