Air pollution can weaken not only the lungs, but also the heart
New Delhi : The air quality in and around Diwali in North India reaches hazardous conditions. In such a situation, taking care of health becomes even more important. The elderly and patients with heart-related diseases need special care. A recent study has revealed that the harmful effect of air pollution can also be on the heart of people who already suffer from high blood pressure and kidney disease. In the study, researchers found that increased glycine-3 levels in adults with high blood pressure with chronic kidney disease were associated with exposure to air pollution, which leads to the formation of scars within the heart. The results of the study are published online in the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Kidney Week-2021.
Hafsa Tariq, affiliated with Case Western Reserve University in the US and lead author of this research paper, said that air pollution is directly related to myocardial fibrosis in individuals with chronic kidney disease. Myocardial fibrosis occurs when a cell called collagenase scar tissue in the heart’s fibroblasts. This can stop the heartbeat and cause death. Tariq said that limiting air pollution will have a beneficial effect in reducing heart diseases in chronic kidney disease. Significantly, this analysis is based on a two-year study on 1,019 participants.
It is noteworthy that on Sunday, 7 November, air pollution was measured at an ‘alarming’ level in many areas of Delhi. The air quality level in Delhi’s ITI Jahangir Puri area reached alarming levels. It is noteworthy that even before Diwali, the level of air pollution in Delhi and its surrounding areas has increased significantly.