Pollution Can Increase Your Blood Pressure Especially If You Are Obese
Posted Oct 16 2009 12:00am
If you have high blood pressure, you may need to re-evaluate and reconsider where you call home. A new study reports that air pollution and smog appear to cause significant increases in blood pressure in those that are obese. The increase in both systolic and diastolic blood pressures were averaging 20% in the obese in the smoggiest areas. Systolic blood pressure is the pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood. Diastolic blood pressure is the pressure when the heart is at rest between beats. Of those who participated in the study, 68% already had high blood pressure, when exposed to more pollution, blood pressure rose dramatically. The study also found that smog and pollution did increase the systolic blood pressure of normal weight people but not that dramatically. The study was initiated in Detroit and will look at other areas of the country.