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Right ventricular hypertrophy in West Virginia coal miners.

Authors
Wells-HA Jr.; Laqueur-WA
Source
NIOSH 1966 Mar; :1-9
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00033396
Abstract
A dissection method is used to examine hearts from 202 unselected autopsies, 150 of which are from soft coal workers, in a study of right ventricular hypertrophy in West Virginia coal miners. A definite increase in right ventricular mass is demonstrated in 40% of the miners, with 19% of the miners having definite right ventricular hypertrophy associated with uncomplicated coal workers' pneumoconiosis. The high incidence of right ventricular change is considered significant in the light of the discovery of pulmonary hypertension occurring during light or moderate exercise early in the natural history of the disease.
Keywords
Heart-disorders; Pathology; Morphology; Post-mortem-examinations; Cardiopulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Airborne-dusts; Respiratory-irritants;
Publication Date
19660301
Fiscal Year
1966
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Priority Area
Pulmonary-system-disorders
Source Name
NIOSH (Paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Pathology), 9 pages, 14 references
State
VA; WV;
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