Sometimes it seems that no matter how careful you are about the food you consume and the household products you use, there is simply no way to steer clear of pollutants entirely. Even with the help of watchdog agencies, protecting yourself and your family from harmful toxins feels impossible. And, recently, researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine revealed another cause for concern regarding pollution exposure.

According to a press release from the European Society of Cardiology, the researchers discovered that prolonged exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of dying after a heart attack. The scientists reviewed the cases of 154,204 individuals who had been admitted to a hospital after suffering from cardiac arrest in the United Kingdom between 2004 and 2007. This process included consistent follow-up appointments with the participants for an average of 3.7 years overall.

During this time, the scientists observed that 39,863 of the individuals being monitored passed away. Once factors like age, gender and socioeconomic status had been ruled out, the scientists determined that exposure to air pollution could be linked to an increased risk of dying after a cardiac incident.

"This raises the possibility that exposure to air pollution may explain, in part, the differences in prognosis among heart attack patients from different backgrounds," said Dr. Cathryn Tonne, a lecturer at the academic institution.

Heart disease is a major health concern across the United States and around the world, and is the leading cause of death in the nation. In addition to preventing the development of this condition, improving treatment methods is also an essential part of addressing the grim mortality rate.

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