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US News Spikes in air pollution trigger hundreds of heart attacks in the UK

09:00  21 october  2019
09:00  21 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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hundreds of heart attacks , strokes and acute asthma attacks in English cities compared with days when the air is cleaner, new research has found. It found on high pollution days - days when pollutant levels were in the top half of the annual range - there were an extra 124 cardiac arrests on

Sudden spikes in air pollution in the UK trigger hundreds more heart attacks , strokes and acute asthma attacks on those days, research suggests. Days when pollutant levels were in the top half of the annual range saw an extra 124 cardiac arrests on average. NHS England boss Simon Stevens

Spikes in air pollution trigger hundreds of heart attacks, strokes and acute asthma attacks in English cities compared with days when the air is cleaner, new research has found.

The risk was found to be greatest in London © Getty The risk was found to be greatest in London

A study by King's College London found there are significant short-term health risks caused by air pollution, as well as contributing to up to 36,000 deaths every year.

a close up of a sign: The chief executive of NHS England described the numbers as 'a health emergency' © Getty The chief executive of NHS England described the numbers as 'a health emergency'

The study looked at data from London, Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford and Southampton.

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Previous studies have found spikes in hospital admissions and GP visits on days of high pollution , but the new data gives precise numbers for nine English cities and shows a clear relationship between heart attacks , strokes and respiratory illnesses and dirty air . The researchers defined high pollution

Air pollution occurs when harmful or excessive quantities of substances including the gases (CO2, CO, SO2, NO, CH4, CFC, Radon, etc.), particles (both organic and inorganic)

It found on high pollution days - days when pollutant levels were in the top half of the annual range - there were an extra 124 cardiac arrests on average.

The figure discounts cardiac arrests suffered by patient's already in hospital and is based on ambulance call data.

The research also found there was an average of 231 additional hospital admissions for stroke and an extra 193 children and adults hospitalised for asthma.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, described the numbers as "a health emergency".

"As these new figures show, air pollution is now causing thousands of strokes, cardiac arrests and asthma attacks, so it's clear that the climate emergency is in fact also a health emergency," he said.

"Since these avoidable deaths are happening now - not in 2025 or 2050 - together we need to act now."

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Mr Stevens added the NHS needs to radically reduce its own carbon footprint, as well as adapt its supply chain and transport to do its bit to cut pollutants.

The risk was found to be greatest in London, where high pollution days cause an extra 87 cardiac arrests on average, an extra 144 strokes as well as 74 children and 33 adults hospitalised for asthma.

Birmingham saw the second-highest risk, with 12 more out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and 27 more admissions for stroke, with 15 extra children and 11 adults hospitalised for asthma.

Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford and Southampton saw between two and six additional out-of-hospital heart attacks on high pollution days.

These cities saw a rise of between two and 14 extra hospitalisations for stroke, and up to 14 extra admissions for asthma.

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Air pollution refers to the release of pollutants into the air that are detrimental to human health and the planet as a whole. The Clean Air Act authorizes the It’s even worse for people who have asthma or allergies—these extra pollutants only intensify their symptoms and can trigger asthma attacks .

Spikes in air pollution trigger hundreds of heart attacks in the UK . "It's about taking a place that's run down and doesn't have that much love, and putting a little bit more time and effort into it to help give people in the community something to be proud of and to want to rally around," he says.

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