A careless disregard for the quality of the air we breath has created hazardous health conditions for people. Aside from the well recognized increase in the incidence of pulmonary conditions with air pollution new research shows there is also an increased risk of suffering a serious heart attack. It was reported by Intermountain Medical Center on Nov. 8, 2015, the risk of patients suffering from the most serious kind of heart attack is increased with poor air quality.
According to a major new study which was presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Session in Orlando on Sunday, Nov. 8, people who are suffering from heart disease are confronted with an increased risk of a serious heart attack during times when there is poor air quality. Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City included more than 16,000 patients in this study. Patients were examined who suffered from three types of heart attacks including STEMI, non-STEMI, and unstable angina with an interest in identifying which type of heart attack was more likely to be experienced when the air was particularly polluted.
The researchers observed there was a powerful association between bad air quality days and an increased risk of STEMIs, which are the most dangerous type of heart attack. Kent Meredith, MD, a cardiologist and researcher at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, says this new research indicates that during poor air quality days patients with heart disease are at an increased risk of suffering from a STEMI heart attack. This finding enables physicians to offer better counseling for their heart patients aimed at avoiding exposure to poor air quality and therefore lower their chances of suffering a heart attack on days which they may be at highest risk.
It has been reported in the journal Circulation that it has been shown by research for decades that air pollution can trigger heart attacks, strokes, and irregular heart rhythms. These risks from air pollution are particularly acute in people who are already at risk for these conditions. It is clear that air pollution poses a serious risk for heart health. It has been estimated by the World Health Organization that fine particles are the 13th leading cause of mortality worldwide. This contributes to approximately 800, 000 premature deaths a year. Clearly air pollution is a critical global health problem. Clean air is essential for a healthy heart and good overall health.