The aim of the Cardiovascular Stream is to investigate possible long term health effects of the mine fire on cardiovascular health. Recruitment into the Cardiovascular Stream commenced in October 2017 and closed in April 2018.
The research questions assess 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 was used to identify the sub-cohort for the Cardiovascular Study. This Stream recruited Adult Survey participants who were men aged 55 years and older and women aged 65 years and older.
27 October 2017 – Heart and blood vessel tests underway in Sale
2 February 2018 – More Participants needed, Cardiovascular Health testing
23 October 2019 - Factors associated with high blood pressure and its management among older Gippslanders
23 October 2019 - Heart and blood vessel health in older adults exposed to smoke from the Hazelwood mine fire