According to a new steady out of the University of Washington, long-term exposure to air pollution may be an important factor in the development of atherosclerosis. Medpage Today reports that the presence of fine particulate matter at a 3 µg/m3, less than 2.5 µg in diameter, led to blood flow problems and decreased lung function. The respiratory changes were similar to what long-term smokers undergo.
"We found that long-term exposure to [fine particulate matter] might produce chronic changes in the brachial artery that negatively affects its ability to react to shear stress, primarily from [nitric oxide]-mediated endothelial dysfunction," Ranjini M. Krishnan, MD, of the University of Washington in Seattle told the news source.
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