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Researchers believe that air pollution increases the body’s oxidant production which results in an inflammatory reaction which in turn may cause artery damage. A study found that the inner-lining thickness of arteries had a strong correlation to the level of air pollution. The link was strongest for people over 60, females and those on cholesterol medication. Thus long term air pollution may have a negative effect on the development of cardiovascular disease. However, researcher need to do further studies to confirm these results.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Medindia Health News
About: Air pollution linked to cardiovascular disease
Date: 10 November 2004
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