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Why cardiologists should be interested in air pollution
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  1. H C Routledge1,
  2. J G Ayres2,
  3. J N Townend1
  1. 1Division of Medical Sciences (Cardiology), University of Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Department of Environmental & Occupational Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill Road, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr J N Townend
    Division of Medical Sciences (Cardiology), University of Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham B15 2TH, UK; j.n.townendbham.ac.uk

Abstract

Despite major improvements in air quality resulting from increasingly stringent legislation, there remains a strong association between daily mortality and current levels of air pollution. Growing epidemiological evidence suggests that many, perhaps the majority, of these deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease.

  • Air pollution
  • cardiovascular disease
  • inflammation
  • autonomic nervous system

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