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Exposure to Air Pollution Raises Blood Pressure

Study Confirms Earlier Findings

Cardiovascular researchers at the University of Ohio are the first to report a direct link between air pollution and its impact on high blood pressure, or hypertension.

Researchers found that short-term exposure to air pollution, over a 10-week period, elevates blood pressure in those already predisposed to the condition. The results appear online and are scheduled for publication in an upcoming issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, a journal published by the American Heart Association.

"This study provides guidance for the EPA to change pre-existing stringent standards in the effort to reduce air pollution," says Sanjay Rajagopalan, section director of vascular medicine at Ohio State's Medical Center. "Our study also confirmed a need for a broader based approach, from the entire world, to influence policy development."

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Published on Jul-28-08


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