Sunday, 16 March 2014

Air Pollution and Hypertension

Breathing in smoke increases the risk of developing lethal complications like, asthma, preeclampsia and other infections. Moreover, studies have suggested that there is a link between reduced birth rates of infants and exposure to air pollution.

Air pollution jeopardizes the health of humans and damages the ecosystem. According to the recent standards, a large part of the whole population is not living in a healthy environment.
However, breathing in polluted environment can be as harmful to the pregnant women, as inhaling a cigarette smoke. Another study suggested that, the considerable percentage of cases of low birth weight could be easily prevented if the air pollution is reduced. According to the recent findings, exposure to the air pollutants can lead to extensive risk for developing high blood pressure at some point in your pregnancy.

There are numerous pollutants that are found in air pollution but the two basic types of pollutants include sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide. Other pollutants include dust, acid, soil particles and metals. All these pollutants are inhalable and released from forest fires and industries. On the other hand, carbon monoxide is released from the car exhaust, and sulfur dioxide is produced from industries and power plants.

According to, Xiaohui Xu, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of epidemiology in the colleges of Public Health and Health Professions and Medicine; "That is why we wanted to do this research. Hypertension (high blood pressure), in particular, is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, causing a lot of problems for the mother and fetus, including preterm delivery."

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