The Silent Toll: Traffic Air Pollution’s Blood Pressure


While extensive research and global health organizations
have linked air pollution to diseases and premature deaths worldwide, a recent
study in the United States highlights a previously overlooked aspect – the
potential increase in blood pressure due to traffic air pollution. 


Key Findings:

According to a recent investigation conducted in the
United States, even a brief one-hour journey through traffic air pollution can
lead to a significant elevation in blood pressure.

Study Details:

Published in the medical journal “ACPJournals,” the study focused on the effects of traffic air pollution on
blood pressure in several cities, with a special emphasis on Washington.

Research Methodology:

Experts conducted 16 diverse studies involving
individuals aged between 22 and 45 in three different cities. Blood pressure
assessments were performed both before initiating the research and 24 hours
after exposure to traffic-related air pollution.

Participant Conditions:

Participants were directed to travel on familiar routes
without any protective measures, including masks. Subsequently, they were also
required to repeat the journey using protective gear, including masks.

Critical Findings:

The comparative analysis of the study results revealed a
notable increase in blood pressure due to exposure to traffic air pollution.

Blood Pressure Increase:

In a majority of participants, blood pressure exhibited a
surge within the first hour of the journey and continued to rise over the
subsequent 24 hours.

Quantifying the Impact:

Experts estimate that blood pressure can increase by up
to 5 mm Hg as a consequence of exposure to traffic air pollution.