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Researchers find no clear link between air pollution and heart attack or strokes

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3702 (Published 05 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3702
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1 London

A new analysis has found no clear evidence that short term increases in air pollution are linked to a rise in heart attacks or strokes.1 However, the research indicates levels of particulate matter are linked to an increased risk of arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, and pulmonary embolism.

The study, published in the journal Heart, used the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP) database to identify all acute admissions for myocardial infarction and stroke in England and Wales together with hospital episode statistics on emergency …

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