Diesel Air Pollution Linked To Heart Attack And Stroke In Healthy Men
UK and Swedish researchers found that diesel fumes from road vehicles increased blood clots and platelets in healthy volunteers. These are symptoms closely linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
The researchers reported the results of a small study to a meeting of the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2007 held in Orlando, Florida, earlier this week.
Previous observational and epidemiological studies have also shown a close link between exposure to traffic pollution and heart attack, said study lead author Dr Andrew Lucking, who is a cardiology fellow at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK.
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