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Exposure to extreme heat and pollution may double risk of a deadly heart attack, study shows

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🗞️ Driving the news:  The study found a "significant association" between extreme temperatures (both high and low), high levels of particulate matter pollution, and heart attack fatalities
• The risk was highest when extreme heat and high pollution levels coincided
• Vulnerable groups include the elderly and women

🔭 The context:  Extreme temperature events are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change, with wildfires persisting around the globe and worsening pollution levels

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: Research underscores the health implications of climate change and air pollution, two major global environmental concerns

⏭️ What's next: Risks associated to the increase in temperatures will intensify, necessitating preventive measures

💬 One quote: "Extreme temperature events are becoming more frequent, longer and more intense, and their adverse health effects have drawn growing concern," (Yuewei Liu, professor of epidemiology at Sun Yat-sen University)

📈 One stat: Up to 2.8% of heart attack deaths may be attributed to the combination of extreme temperatures and high levels of fine particulate matter pollution

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