Erin O'Brien

Project title: The Renin-Angiotensin System, Traffic-related Air Pollution, and Cartoid Distensibility: Gene-Environment Interactions in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution

Degree: MPH | Program: Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) | Project type: Thesis/Dissertation
Completed in: 2007


The public health burden of cardiovascular disease in the United States is enormous. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, heart disease and stroke are the first and third leading causes of death in the U.S., respectively. Traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, and age have long received much attention. Over the past two decades, however, focus has expanded to include environmental factors with numerous studies demonstrating a link between chronic exposure to air pollution and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Taken from the beginning of thesis.