Wood Smoke Could Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Researchers have studied the negative impact the emissions from biomass and coal fuels have on the environment, and now a Canadian research study is taking a closer look at how these emissions impact human health.
Professor Jill Baumgartner or McGill University’s Institute for the Health and Social Policy in Canada led the study which looked at the health of women in China’s Yunnan province. The women living in this rural province used traditional wood-burning stoves which gave off black carbon emissions.
The researchers monitored the air quality in the homes of 280 women; they also monitored other factors that contribute to development of cardiovascular disease such as blood pressure, body mass index, physical activity and salt intake. The researchers found that the black carbon pollution had the greatest impact on the women’s blood pressure, which may increase risk of cardiovascular disease.
The study also showed that women who lived closer to highways and were also exposed to regular wood smoke had higher blood pressure. These findings can correlate to individuals in the U.S. who live in urban areas with large amounts of traffic emissions, or those with occupations that put them in close proximity to wood smoke such as forest rangers, chefs, and fire fighters.
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