Smog Exposure Triggers Higher Risk of Cardiac Arrest

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New research shows that longer exposure to ozone, the main ingredient of smog, increases the risk of going into cardiac arrest. The matter of concern is that the level of ozone or smog is far below federal safety standards.

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Researchers have recorded the air pollution concentration in the neighborhoods of more than 187,000 people who had cardiac arrests outside the hospital in 28 states between 2013 and 2018. While comparing the pollution of two types – ozone and fine particulate matter, they found that the ozone level was on a rise for the last two weeks before these people went into a cardiac arrest.

The study findings were presented recently at the American Heart Association’s virtual Resuscitation Science Symposium. The study is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Researchers have pointed out the solution too. Portable air cleaners, air-purifying respirators, and certain preventive measures can help reduce the chances of cardiac arrest.

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