Air Pollution Leads To Heart Diseases By Damaging Blood Vessels

Posted: Oct 27 2016, 11:52am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Air Pollution Leads to Heart Diseases by Damaging Blood Vessels
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  • Air Pollution may be Bad for the Cardiovascular System
 

It seems that air pollution may be bad for the cardiovascular system. Both the heart and blood vessels may be harmed thanks to pollutants in the atmosphere.

Small pollutant particles in the air may cause among other things, heart disease and stroke risk. Also the chances of contracting cardiovascular disease are increased thanks to this pollution.

Even in fit young adults, the pollution caused inflammation and depressed the immune system. The rise of all sorts of clogging factors in the bloodstream was combined with the build-up of endothelial cells in the blood vessels.  

The main culprits were industrial waste products and traffic exhaust fumes. In the past, the focus was on old people. Yet now the study was about the youth.

The pollution can cause changes in the body that are measurable in the blood tests. Thus we are not talking hypothetical nonsense here. It is a very real and emergent fact that we are seeing in the form of rampant air pollution.

Coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease are the two main effects of this air pollution. Even death occurs many times in the members of the population thanks to this spreading of pollutants in the air.     

Blood samples were collected from three groups of 24 young adults. When the pollutants in the air were high, the bloodstream of these study members contained more debris.

Also inflammation levels rose and the immune system was compromised. Since the young adults who participated in the study were all healthy to begin with, the health problems they faced were surely due to air pollutants.

It is thus not only lung disease that is the result of breathing in pollutants in the air. One can contract a host of other nasty illnesses too. 

While in the United States, the pollution levels have tapered off in recent years, in other parts of the world, they have only increased. People with diabetes and hypertension ought to be careful too not to go out into the great outdoors on days when the pollution is at its maximum.

Public policy needs to be revised. If current trends continue apace, we may have no more clean air to breath within a century’s time span. What is the use of all this industrial progress if life becomes unsustainable on planet earth?

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