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Air Pollution Raises Risk Of Heart Attack

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  • Mike Neuman
    There are other benefits to be gained from reducing fossil fuel burning which are ignored by those who say the costs of fighting global warming is not worth
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2005
      There are other benefits to be gained from reducing fossil fuel
      burning which are ignored by those who say the costs of fighting
      global warming is not worth the benefit. This is one of them.

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      Air Pollution Raises Risk Of Heart Attack

      People living in areas of heavy air pollution may be at greater risk
      of heart attacks, European scientists have said in the leading
      medical journal devoted to advancing science related to thrombosis,
      bleeding disorders and vascular biology.

      Jos Vermylen, Professor of Medicine at Belgium's University of Leuven
      and a retired expert on clot development, said in a paper published
      in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis that both short and long-
      term exposure to airborne particulate matter is associated with death
      from cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses.

      The airborne particulate matter identified by Professor Vermylen is
      the result of burning fossil fuels such as coal. Fossil fuels provide
      roughly 60% of the world's electrical power and 95% of the world's
      total energy demands. But their combustion is the major source of
      carbon dioxide emission, leading to the so-called greenhouse effect.

      The new paper, which uses previous research on patients with damaged
      arteries, says the ambient air pollution resulting from fuel
      combustion and even, forest fires, leaves people at risk of acute
      myocardial infarction, commonly called a heart attack. A heart attack
      literally means the death of a portion of heart muscle in an area
      where there is sudden loss of blood supply.

      Till now, the main causes of heart attacks were said to be high blood
      pressure, high cholesterol levels, smoking, lack of physical
      activity, obesity, diabetes, stress, excessive alcohol intake, family
      history and pre-existing coronary heart diseases, including a
      previous heart attack or angina.

      Commentators said research appeared to suggest that even a fit, non-
      smoking, non-drinking person with no history of heart disease could
      suffer a heart attack if he spent some time in a polluted area, say
      in the developing world, where the 'brown haze' effect has been noted
      from a thousand wood fires.

      Source: Times News Network, 28 September 2005
      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-1244857,curpg-
      2,fright-0,right-0.cms
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