Cardiovascular and respiratory diseases related to air pollution

A number of stresses to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems have been linked to elevated atmospheric pollutant concentrations. Research to date has particularly emphasised relationships with ozone and particulate matter. Specific diseases linked with air pollution include those labelled as “Diseases of the circulatory system” and “Diseases of the respiratory system” in the ICD-10 classification (codes I00-I99 and J00-J99 respectively), especially heart failure, heart rhythm disturbances, cerebrovascular events, ischemic heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, and influenza (Dominici et al. 2006; Sunyer et al. 1996; Wong et al. 2002).

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