Research has shown young adults living in cities with polluted air show signs of increased cardiovascular risk. Compared to residents living in a city with lower air pollution levels, they show high concentrations of inflammatory markers. These markets indicate a greater risk of having a heart attack in the future. The results were presented at an European cardiology conference by Polish researchers.
The main researcher Dr Bryniarski mentions “This study was conducted by a group of medical students from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, […] who wanted to know what impact long term air pollution is having on the cardiovascular health of young adults.” The study researched two groups of young adults (age 16-22) from Krakau and Lublin, which is twice as clean as Krakau. Risk factors such as weight, age and cardiovascular diseases were corrected.
Bryniarski concludes: “Results suggest these young adults have an increased risk of heart attacts in the future, because the inflammation process started at an early age.”