Air pollution linked to Cardiac arrests

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Source: Environmental Protection UK

Researchers in New York have linked exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) with an increased risk of cardiac arrest. While particulate matter has previously been strongly associated with long term heart disease, this is the first time that it has been linked with sudden cardiac arrest.

The team, led by Dr. Robert A Silverman ( Long Island Jewish Medical Centre, New York), compared readings from air quality monitors around New York City with the records of 8,216 out of hospital cardiac arrests that happened between 2002 and 2006. In doing so they found that the risk of cardiac arrest increased by between 4% and 10% with every 10 mg/m3 rise in the concentration of PM2.5.

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