While air pollution has been linked with a number of respiratory problems, a new study conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University has found that it also increases the risk of heart problems by more than 40 percent.
Tel Aviv University's Dr Yariv Gerber followed up on more than 1,200 first time MI patients hospitalized between 1992 and 1993 and found that those who lived in areas with high air pollution were 40 percent more likely to suffer from another heart attack compared to those who lived in areas with a comparatively cleaner air.
Advertisement"Our method of assessing exposure does have limitations. Because we are using data from monitoring stations, it's a crude estimate of exposure, which most likely leads to an underestimation of the association", Dr Gerber said.
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