HIGH LEVELS OF OZONE AIR POLLUTION LIKELY TO INCREASE THE RISK OF CARDIAC ARREST: STUDY

Highlights
• The study included 187,000 people with an average age of 63 in the United States who had suffered out-of-hospital cardiac arrest between the years 2013 and 2016
• As per the researchers, for every increase of 12 parts per billion (ppb) in the ozone level, the chances of suffering from cardiac arrest went up by 1 percent, which is statistically significant

According to a latest study, the risk of cardiac is likely to be increased by high levels of ozone air pollution.
The study conducted by a team of researchers at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City included 187,000 people with an average age of 63 in the United States who had suffered out-of-hospital cardiac arrest between the years 2013 and 2016.
As per the researchers, for every increase of 12 parts per billion (ppb) in the ozone level, the chances of suffering from cardiac arrest went up by 1 percent, which is statistically significant.
With the help of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data on daily ozone levels in different regions, the researchers estimated the exposure to ozone air pollution of all the people part of this study.
According to the study, there was no association between levels of particulate matter air pollution and cardiac arrest, and it also discovered that age, sex and race made no difference in the risk of air pollution-related to cardiac arrest.
Though it was found that a higher concentration of ozone on the day the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest occurred was significantly associated with a higher risk.

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