Dirty Air And High Blood Pressure Linked

New study links air pollution levels to blood pressure.

Published: 31-Mar-2001

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who are trying to lower their blood pressure might want to consider the amount of pollution in the air they breathe in addition to the amount of salt in their food, German researchers report.

In a study of more than 2,600 adults, blood pressure rose in tandem with air pollution levels. Pollution may cause changes in the part of the nervous system that controls blood pressure, which would also mean it could increase the likelihood of heart attacks and other cardiac problems, according to Angela Ibald-Mulli and colleagues from GSF-National Research Center for Environment and Health in Neuherberg, Germany.

The findings are published in the April issue of the American Journal of Public Health, journal of the American Public Health Association.

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