Air Pollution May Be Associated With Blood Clots In Deep Leg Veins

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 16:21 in Health & Medicine

Long-term exposure to air pollution appears to be associated with an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis, blood clots in the thigh or legs, according to a new article. Exposure to particulate air pollution--very small particles of solid and liquid chemicals that come from burning fossil fuels and other sources--has been linked to the increased risk of developing or dying from heart disease and stroke. Recent studies have suggested this relationship may result at least in part from the effects of particulate air pollution on blood clotting.

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