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Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Heart and Circulatory Emergencies | 0 comments

Relevance of Acquiring First Aid Certificates to Air Pollution

 

Unknown to many, air pollution can cause other medical conditions of different nature and physiology aside from common lung problems such as asthma. This was proven by several researches that have been conducted in the recent years. Considering that air pollution problems are getting worse in many parts of the globe such as China, India and even in the US, acquiring first aid certificates has become more relevant than ever since first aid classes can educate ordinary individuals how to manage and avoid the diseases that are caused by air pollution. Here are some of the diseases that can be managed and prevented by acquiring first aid certificates.

Cancer

Aside from lung cancer, it has been revealed that air pollution can also increase the likelihood of bladder cancer. According to the study conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, it was proven that air pollution is actually a carcinogen or substance that can cause cancer, including cancer of the bladder. They also included in their conclusion that air pollution can increase mortality rates in cancer patients. In a separate study that was published in the United States National Library of Medicine, it was determined by several researchers in Taiwan that air pollution can increase the possibility of fatality or death among patients who have bladder cancer.

Cardiovascular diseases

Systemic Hypertension

Systemic Hypertension

According to a study that was conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, air pollution increases the prevalence and mortality rates of cardiovascular diseases by weakening general heart health and increasing the

likelihood of a stroke or a heart attack which can directly lead to death. They also revealed that more than 67% of Americans are suffering from a diagnosed or undiagnosed circulatory problem may it be in  the blood vessels or the heart and that the same percentage of Americans are more likely to experience the complications of circulatory problems due to air pollution. This is because polluted air contain a substance called PM2.5 which is known to cause or to increase the likelihood of cardiovascular diseases.

Comprehension problems

In a study that was conducted by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, a connection was established between exposure to air pollution and the cognitive abilities of children. Through standardized intelligence tests that were given to children who were less exposed to air pollution and those who had more exposure, it was revealed that children who were more exposed to air pollution scored lower than those who were not.

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