TRAFFIC AIR POLLUTION DANGER TO HEART
Traffic: Analysis shows 7.4 per cent of heart attacks were down to air pollution
Despite the popular belief that eating and drinking are the worst triggers, travelling by car or bus are greater culprits.
Analysis shows 7.4 per cent of heart attacks were down to air pollution.
This was higher than the 6.2 per cent caused by physical exertion and the five per cent caused by both alcohol and coffee.
The study, published in The Lancet, shows that air pollution triggers more heart attacks than even anger and lung infections.
The authors say their findings are important as many people are not aware pollution plays a role in heart attacks.
The research was led by Dr Tim Nawrot from Hasselt University, Belgium.
He said that, of the “triggers” studied, taking cocaine was most likely to cause a heart attack in an individual – but traffic affected more of the population as many more people are exposed to it than take the drug.