Air pollution can make the heart beat randomly
Bologna, Italy: Scientists have warned that air pollution could increase the risk of arrhythmias. People suffering from this condition are advised to stay indoors in case of air pollution or use mask like N95 when going out.
The study was presented to the European Congress on Cardiology. The study was performed on patients with irregular heartbeats who had an implantable cardiopulmonary respirator (ICD) implanted in their chest. With the help of these devices, the experts not only noticed the heartbeat of the patients but also provided them with possible medical aid in case of emergency.
“Patients with ventricular arrhythmia need to be exposed to outdoor air pollution on a daily basis,” said Dr. Alicia Zeni, of Megaire Hospital in Bologna, Italy. If the atmosphere is full of dust, it is better to keep it confined to the house.
Dr. Alicia said that when the amount of PM2.5 particles and PM10 in the atmosphere increased to 35 and 50 micrograms per square meter, respectively, it was important for patients with irregular heartbeats to stay indoors. Otherwise, if you are forced to go out, you must use N95 quality mask.
According to the World Health Organization, air pollution kills 4.2 million people annually. It also increases the risk of mental illness, blood pressure and complications in pregnant mothers.
A total of 440 cases of heart failure were recorded in patients for two years. For the treatment, 118 patients were electrocuted while 322 patients were cured with anti-tachycardia pacing. When air pollution around patients’ homes was noticed, it was found that it increased the overall risk of irregular heartbeat by two and a half times.
Thus, experts have also suggested controlling air pollution.