Air pollution causes death and heart attacks

OH BOY. Not the most cheery news this morning we’re afraid, but Forbes magazine has just released results of a new study that shows bad air can kill (Though, we sort of knew this already.)

This is especially when the pollutants include ozone and particulate matter. In the United States, this occurs more often in the summer time, when ozone levels are higher.

(In Singapore, the levels likely remain the same)

These are the conclusions of researchers at Rice University who studied the 11,677 cases of cardiac arrest logged by emergency services personnel in Houston, Texas, between 2004 and 2011.

They found that during periods of peak pollution, the heart attack risk to Houston residents increases as much as 4.6%, according to the report.

All of these heart attacks took place outside of hospitals.

To read the full report, click here.


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