According to a new study, fine particulate matter pollution is linked to an increased risk of death from heart attack and stroke.
The study, published in the journal Circulation, looked at data from over 6.5 million people in the United States. The data included information on particulate matter exposure, as well as death rates from heart disease and stroke.
The researchers found that, even at low levels of exposure, particulate matter was associated with an increased risk of death from both heart disease and stroke. The risk was highest for exposure to fine particulate matter, which is emitted by power plants, automobiles, and other sources.
The findings add to the growing body of evidence linking particulate matter pollution to a range of health problems, including respiratory and cardiovascular disease. While the new study does not prove that particulate matter causes heart disease and stroke, it does add to the evidence that pollution is a significant risk factor for these conditions.
If you live in an area with high levels of particulate pollution, there are some steps you can take to reduce your exposure. These include avoiding outdoor activities when pollution levels are high, and using air filters in your home or office.
A new study has found that people who live in areas with high levels of particle pollution are at an increased risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.
The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Washington, looked at data from over 6,000 adults who were part of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution. The participants were followed for an average of 12 years, during which time there were 1,078 deaths from heart disease and stroke.
The researchers found that people who lived in areas with high levels of fine particulate matter pollution (PM2.5) were 24% more likely to die from heart disease and 36% more likely to die from stroke than those who lived in areas with low levels of pollution.
PM2.5 is a type of air pollution that is produced by cars, power plants, and other sources of combustion. It is made up of tiny particles that can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause a variety of health problems, including respiratory and cardiovascular disease.
The findings of this study add to the growing body of evidence linking pollution to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. These findings highlight the need for policies to reduce emissions of fine particulate matter, in order to improve public health.