Risk Of Stroke Increases Even With Short-Term Exposure To Air Pollution: Study

Do you see a lot of pollution recently while stepping out? It is better to mask up while stepping out as it could be detrimental for your health. The links between common pollutants and the risk of stroke were recently studied.

The wildfire smoke has been blanketing the United States the entire summer in the past. A meta-analysis conducted recently pointed out that the exposure to air pollution can increase the risk of stroke. The researchers raised concern over the short duration of the increased risk- five days.

The North and the Midwest regions have been mostly hit by the hazy skies and stinging air that is accompanied by itchiness in the eyes of the residents. The breathing problems associated with the air pollution are seen as scratchy throat as well.

The air pollution can bring more serious issues such as cardiovascular diseases. One study conducted recently found that a person’s risk of cardiovascular issues such as stroke can be facilitated by air pollution.

Additionally, the damage to human health from exposure to air pollutants can extend beyond the eyes and lungs. The study suggested that the harmful impact can also be on the cardiovascular system and the brain.

The lead researcher “Dr. Ahmad Tubasi” shared that 110 observational studies from across the globe were analyzed in their study. The study focused on the incidence of stroke and the concentrations of common pollutants in those regions of the world.

The study found that the pollutants in the atmosphere included ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide. And these were present within five days of the study population having a stroke.

The exposure to particulate matter was also studied. The researchers found that the inhalation of particulate matter such as microscopic particles can be detrimental to one’s health as well. The microscopic pollutants could be dir, dust, smoke and soot.

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