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Heart attack risk from diesel fumes

15th July 2011

Research carried out by scientists from Edinburgh University has revealed that chemical particles in diesel exhaust fumes could increase the risk of heart attacks.

They found that minuscule particles produced by burning diesel can increase the chance of blood clots forming in arteries, which can then lead to heart attacks or stroke.
For the research, funded by the British Heart Foundation and published in the European Heart Journal, the team measured the impact of diesel exhaust fumes on a group of healthy volunteers at levels found in heavily polluted cities.

 

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