Sept. 26, 2005 - Scientists have discovered a link between ambientair pollution and acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack.
An article published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis looksspecifically at airborne particulate matter resulting mainly from thecombustion of fuel, including coal and also from forest fires. Evidenceshows that both short- and long-term exposure to these particulates isassociated with death from cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses,and more specifically from myocardial infarction.
Additionally, this research, based on a previous study, reveals thatthose patients with damaged arteries are most at risk to suffer fromlung inflammation and fatal blood clots.
Each year, 1.1 million people experience myocardial infarction, whichresults from the obstruction of a diseased coronary artery.
This study is published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.
About the Author
Jos Vermylen is Professor of Medicine at the Univeristy of Leuven, Belgium and a retired expert on clot development.
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