The inferences drawn by a recently conducted health study suggest that high exposure to air pollution, road traffic disturbances, and noises for prolonged years may result in the development of heart failure.
This correlation is more prevalent in people who have already left scars on their cardiac health, through habits like smoking, drinking, and people suffering from high blood pressure. The conclusions of the research were published in the health journal “Journal of American heart association”, which has open access for everyone.
Lead author of the study, a Phd scholar and Assistant professor at the University of Copenhagen, Youn-Hee Lim, quotes, “We, the researchers of the study discovered the fact that prolonged exposure to air pollutants and road traffic noises resulted in the proliferation and risk of developing heart failures. The risk of this medical condition was found to be higher among smokers, drinkers and people suffering from high blood pressure and hypertension. Therefore, observing preventive measures are necessary.”
“In order to refrain from these exposures and safeguard oneself, numerous public tactics such as emission control measures must be roped in. Individuals must be encouraged towards aborting smoking, drinking and implementation of proper medical facilities to treat blood pressure must be introduced,” Lim added.
To carry out the study, researchers amassed the data from 22,000 candidates taking part in the research. Most of them were above 44 years of age and were residents of Denmark. All the candidates answered a questionnaire which included parameters like Body Mass Index, lifestyle habits, working conditions, reproductive health, physical activity and pre-existing health conditions.
Towards the end of the study, the result found that a 5.1ug per cubic meter exposure to particulate matter over three years led to risks of heart failure incidents by 17%.