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Air pollution in India linked to heart attack, stroke

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A new study has found that air pollution in the country is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases(CVD). The study shows that people most exposed to fine particles have a higher CIMT index (carotid intima-media thickness) — a marker of atherosclerosis — which means they are at higher risk of developing CVDs such as stroke or heart attack.

“Our findings highlight the need to perform more studies on air pollution in low-and middle-income countries, since the conclusions may differ considerably from studies in high-income countries due to differences in population characteristics and air pollution levels and sources,” said researcher Cathryn Tonne from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). The study was published in the journal International Journal of Epidemiology.Read More..