Wildfires Air Pollution Could Increase Heart Problems

Posted: Jul 17 2015, 6:27am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 17 2015, 7:41am CDT, in Latest Science News


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Wildfires Air Pollution Could Increase Heart Problems
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  • Atmospheric Pollution from Forest Fires is Injurious to Cardiac Health

It has been found that the atmospheric pollution from forest fires, that have spread beyond control, is injurious to cardiac health.

The air pollution resulting from forest fires run amok may cause problems in heart patients and furthermore increase chances of a heart attack in otherwise normal and healthy people. The thick and dirty smoke arising from the wildfires caused heart problems among those who inhaled it.

Especially asthma-like symptoms were very common among the victims of this form of air pollution. The small polluting agents found in the black hellish smoke coming out of the inferno caused heart ailments to a greater extent than other medical maladies.

When the smoke traveled long distances from its source, it led to negative symptoms among city dwellers. The constitution of the air was damaged significantly and the conclusion was that human health suffered immensely due to this Grim Reaper of Respiration.

As for the particulate matter that formed a major component of the infernal smoke, it was so small that it could not be detected by ordinary 20/20 vision.

“These particles may act as a trigger factor for acute cardiovascular events, therefore its important to not delay seeking medical help if you experience symptoms of heart problems during smoke episodes from wildfires,” said Dr Anjali Haikerwal, lead author of the paper, from Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

The wildfires that often raged in Victoria, Australia had adversely affected the vital signs of the inhabitants. Also on a worldwide basis, wildfires have wreaked havoc both health-wise and in material terms.

They are agents of destruction on a massive level. The sort of deadly pollution caused by forest fires is also seen when human beings burn coal in backyard barbecues or when they drive their cars.

The local governmental bodies have issued warnings regarding inhaling smoke from forest fires. Care is better than cure, as they say. The smoke from wildfires also causes bronchitis. It is a health hazard and an accident waiting to happen. All sorts of cardiovascular diseases occur thanks to this satanic source of air pollution.

This study linking air pollution and heart health is conclusive in its ramifications for mankind. If we are not careful about the quality of the air that surrounds us, we are just asking for it. The Australian summers are often blisteringly hot and they cause wildfires at a feverish pitch.

And besides the respiratory system, the eyes of the inhabitants also suffered and were irritated by this wildfire pollution. It has been noted that while the youth may recover from these symptoms, the elderly get caught in the net more easily. They are thus likely to suffer everything from heart attacks to fits of coughing.

“During a fire, please take precautionary measures as advised by public health officials,” Dr Haikerwal said. “This is especially important for older adults who are at higher risk of adverse health effects during wildfire smoke exposure.”

This study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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