14 July 2011

Diesel fumes pose risk to heart, lungs

Scientists have found that particles produced when diesel burns are harmful to blood vessels and can increase the chances of blood clots forming, leading to heart attack or stroke.

Tiny chemical particles emitted by diesel exhaust fumes could raise the risk of heart attacks, research shows.

Scientists compared how people reacted to the gases found in diesel fumes – such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide – with those caused by the ultra-fine chemical particles from exhausts.


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