TAU: Air pollution can be an issue for those with heart problems

6 June 2012

People who have suffered from severe heart problems may want to move away from an urban setting in order to limit the chances of the situation developing further.

This is after a new study by Tel Aviv University (TAU) found that high pollution increases the risk of repeated heart attacks by more than 40 per cent.

Dr Yariv Gerber, from the TAU's School of Public Health at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, carried out the research, which also suggested air pollution is more of a health concern than previously thought.

This is because Dr Gerber concluded that the pollution does not only increase the risk of a cardiac event occurring, but also heightens the chance of repeated episodes.

"We know that like smoking cigarettes, pollution itself provokes the inflammatory system. If you are talking about long-term exposure and an inflammatory system that is irritated chronically, pollution may well be involved in the progression of atrial sclerosis that manifests in cardiac events," the health expert underlined.

Recently, medical professionals were warned via a study published in the American Journal of Cardiology that unless they give advice to people recovering from heart problems on returning to sexual activity, the patients may end up avoiding sex in the future.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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