Table 3

Estimated effects of the geochemical covariates on the incidence of the first AMI among 35–74 year old Finnish men in 1983, 1988, and 1993 (pooled data)

ElementPosterior mean95% HDR (high density region)
*Statistically significant effect. For example, one unit increment of Cu on average increases the AMI risk by 4% (posterior mean = 0.0401).
Total water hardness (°dH)*−0.0097−0.0214 to −0.0003
Zn (μg/l)−0.0007−0.0061 to 0.0048
Al (μg/l)−0.0003−0.0007 to 0.0002
Cu (μg/l)0.0401−0.0653 to 0.1477
F (mg/l)−0.0317−0.1453 to 0.0899
Fe (mg/l)0.1015−0.1298 to 0.3176
NO3 (mg/l)0.0006−0.0004 to 0.0016