Public Release: 9-Dec-2016
Air pollution impairs function of blood vessels in lungs
Authors recommend limiting physical activity in heavily polluted areas
European Society of Cardiology
Air pollution impairs the function of blood vessels in the lungs, according to a study in more than 16 000 patients presented today at EuroEcho-Imaging 2016.1
Dr Argacha said: "Air pollution was associated with increased pulmonary vascular tone which makes it more difficult for blood to flow to the lungs. Longer exposure to air pollution exposure seems necessary to impair right ventricular systolic function. Patients with obstructive sleep apnoea were at greater risk."