Sumary of Air pollution linked to high blood pressure in children; other studies address air quality and the heart:
- A meta-analysis of 14 air pollution studies from around the world found that exposure to high levels of air pollutants during childhood increases the likelihood of high blood pressure in children and adolescents, and their risk for high blood pressure as adults..
- The study is published in a special issue on air pollution in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association..
- This systematic review and meta-analysis pooled information from 14 studies focused on the association between air pollution and blood pressure in youth..
- The large analysis included data for more than 350,000 children and adolescents (mean ages 5.4 to 12.7 years of age)..
- “Our analysis is the first to closely examine previous research to assess both the quality and magnitude of the associations between air pollution and blood pressure values among children and adolescents,”.
- said lead study author Yao Lu, M.D., Ph.D., professor of the Clinical Research Center at the Third Xiangya Hospital at Central South University in Changsha, China, and professor in the department of life science and medicine at King’s College London..
- The analysis included 14 studies published through September 6, 2020, exploring the impact of long-term exposure (?30 days) and/or short-term exposure (<30 days) of ambient air pollution on blood pressure levels of adolescents and/or children in China and/or countries in Europe..
- (The majority of research linking heart disease with particulate matter focuses on particle matter mass, which is categorized by aerodynamic diameter — ?m or PM.) Fine particles are defined as PM2.5 and larger;…