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Pollution Leads to Pulmonary Issues

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Air Pollution Leads to Pulmonary Issues and Heart Disease

Air Pollution

Did you know that air pollution can lead to an increase in heart disease, lung cancer, asthma, and stroke? The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that, in 2012, an approximate 72 percent of air pollution-related premature deaths were caused by heart disease and stroke.

Cardiovascular disease and heart attacks

Fumes from automobiles tend to pollute the air with tiny particles. These nanoparticles are so small that our filtration system in our upper respiratory tract misses them and they enter the lungs and bloodstream.

The nanoparticles harm blood vessels and increase risk of blood clots and heart attacks. This is especially problematic when people are already diagnosed with heart disease. There is essentially a link between the pollution in the air and the rate of heart attacks in the population.

Along with heart disease, air pollution leads to lung problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.

Lung and respiratory problems

As many as 14 percent of air pollution-related premature deaths were due to lung cancer. The rest were caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or respiratory infections. The air quality both indoors and outdoors clearly has a major impact on population health outcomes.

However, it is important to note that some of the lung cancers reported by the WHO were also caused by smoking cigarettes and tobacco. Nonetheless, the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a report in 2013 stating that air pollution is carcinogenic to humans and raises risk of lung cancer and some other types of cancers.

Lung problems from air pollution are especially problematic in children whose airways and immunity are still developing until the age of six. Pollution could lead to lasting damage to children’s lungs.

Even as early as 2014, 92 percent of the world’s population resided in locations that did not meet the WHO air quality guidelines. Third world countries fare the worst. Approximately 88 percent of premature deaths related to air pollution took place in low- and middle-income nations.

Asthma and sinusitis

There are a wide variety of health problems that air pollution causes around the globe. According to the Huffington Post, smoke, smog, and ash particles in the air can cause sinusitis, which is inflammation in your upper respiratory tract.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that mice exposed to polluted air showed more inflammation in their noses and sinuses when compared to mice that breathed clean air.

Additionally, ozone and other pollutants from car emissions can lead to asthma symptoms. The typical chemicals that lead to asthma include soot, smoke, dust, and diesel fumes. Indoor air particles such as dust mite droppings, pollen, and pet dander can also lead to asthma.

The quality of the air around you and your family clearly makes a big difference for your health. While you don’t have as much control over the air outside your home, you can ensure the air you breathe indoors is clean and safe. If you want to keep the ducts inside your home clean, call Canaduct professionals at 416-410-3777.

To read more about air pollution and climate change, click here for the previous article.


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