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Heart Health

23 July 2010

Can ozone cause heart attacks?

A new animal study offers the first direct bit of evidence that ozone, a major component of smog, may trigger the death of heart cells.

A new animal study offers the first direct bit of evidence that ozone, a major component of smog, may trigger the death of heart cells.

"We believe the decreased levels of Cav1 make more unbound p38MAPK alpha available for telling the heart cells to die. That link between Cav1 and (ozone) has never been shown in the heart," Rajat Sethi, an assistant professor in the pharmaceutical sciences department at Texas A&M Health Science Center's college of pharmacy, said in an American Heart Association news release.

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