eWellness: Air pollution can raise blood pressure
Breathing polluted air for even 2 hours can increase blood pressure, potentially raising the risk of cardiovascular disease in those exposed to smog.In susceptible patients this small increase may actually be able to trigger a heart attack or stroke. In a study, which appeared in the journal Hypertension, researchers tested 83 people as they breathed levels of air pollution similar to those in an urban city near a roadway. The air pollution caused diastolic pressure (lower number in a blood pressure reading) to rise within 2
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