Heavy air pollution can trigger acute heart attack in the hours after exposure. Given the amount of air pollution in our metros, the chances of people dying of heart attacks is even more.
EVERY 10 μg/m3 increase in small particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide temporarily boosts heart attack risk by 1.2% and 1.1%, respectively, as per a report in the BMJ. The chances of suffering an attack increase by 1.3% in the six hours after coming in contact with high levels of vehicle-related pollutants.
The increased risk is seen up to six hours after exposure to typical traffic-related pollutants. The take home message is that breathing in large amounts of traffic fumes can trigger a heart attack within six hours following exposure.
It is high time that government takes adequate measures to control the menace of air polllution, especially in the metroplois where the level of pollution is immense.