A new study has determined people who regularly breathe in heavy traffic fumes face increased heart attack risk. Ed Edelson of HealthDay News reports:Sadly, our world seemingly gets more and more polluted each day. And news like this really puts it into perspective.
"It's not limited to freeways," said lead researcher Barbara Hoffmann, head of the unit of environmental epidemiology at the University of Duisburg-Essen. "We see it in inner-city dwellings on heavily traveled streets as well."For more on the dangers of toxins, check out DiseaseProof’s toxins category.
Her team published the findings in the July 17 issue of Circulation.
The damage to the arteries seen in such people is similar to that produced by inhaling secondhand tobacco smoke, "although the effect we see here in this study is even larger than that caused by secondhand smoke," Hoffmann said.
Most of the blood vessel damage is due to high levels of particulate pollutants in vehicle exhaust fumes, Hoffmann speculated, although there might be other contributing factors, such as the constant noise of heavy traffic "which can contribute to high blood pressure."