Road Hazard - Heart Attacks

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Road Hazard - Heart Attacks
Thu, 10-21-2004 - 11:56pm
Study Finds New Road Hazard: Heart Attacks
Finds that pollution, not stress, is the culprit

By Ed Edelson
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20 (HealthDayNews) -- If you think being stressed while stuck in traffic can give you a heart attack, think again. A new study says you're more likely to suffer a coronary from the pollution caused by traffic.

"The time the subjects spent in cars, on public transportation, or on motorcycles or bicycles was consistently linked with an increase in the risk of myocardial infraction ," said a report in the Oct. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study was done in Germany but originated in the United States. Annette Peters, now an epidemiologist with the GSF-National Research Center for Environment and Health in Neuherberg, participated in several similar studies done at institutions related to Harvard Medical School, got funding from an American source and then did the German study.

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