Heart attacks and asthma triggered by bad air days

22 Octobre, 2019, 04:27 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • High air pollution causes a sharp increase in hospital admissions across major English cities

Dr Heather Walton, health expert on the project at Environmental Research Group, King's College, London said: 'The impact of air pollution on our health has been crucial in justifying air pollution reduction policies for some time, and mostly concentrates on effects connected to life-expectancy.

The research also found that there were on average 231 more hospital admissions for stroke, with an additional 193 children and adults hospitalized for asthma.

"Given that these avoidable deaths are happening now - not in 2025 or 2050 - together we must act now". For the NHS that is going to mean further comprehensive action building on the reduction of our carbon footprint of one fifth in the past decade.

The risk was greatest in London, where high pollution days cause an extra 87 cardiac arrests and 144 more strokes, as well as 74 children and 33 adults being treated in hospital for asthma attacks.

"These figures shall be favorable the tip of the iceberg as many participants with asthma don't scurry to health heart after they have gotten an asthma attack and have a have a study to govern it themselves and this learn simplest specializes in participants in main cities in England".

'So our NHS energy use, supply chain, building adaptations and our transport will all need to change substantially'.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: "London's lethal air is a public health crisis - it leads to thousands of premature deaths in the capital every year, as well as stunting the development of young lungs and increasing cases of respiratory illness".

'However, health studies show clear links with a much wider range of health effects.

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'We have released a sample of these statements about the effects in a number of United Kingdom cities, ahead of publication of the full report in November.

The new figures show the immediate, short-term impact of air pollution on the public.

In Manchester, the risk of cardiac arrest is 2.4 percent higher on high pollution days.

Researchers studied Defra's AURN monitoring stations during 2015, 2016 and 2017 to analyse days in England's 9 largest cities where particulate matter levels were both high and low - and then looked at NHS figures on out-of-hospital heart attacks as well as hospitalisations for strokes and asthma.

In Birmingham, the risk of cardiac arrest is 2.3 p.c better on high pollution days, equating to an extra 12 participants per 12 months on moderate.

These cities saw an uptick of between two and 14 extra hospitalisations for stroke, and up to 14 extra admissions for asthma.

Higher air pollution days in Nottingham are responsible for 3 more out of hospital cardiac arrests, and 16 children or adults being hospitalised for asthma or strokes.



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