As reported by the BBC News, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that exposure to particulate dust, a chemical produced by fossil combustion, can trigger thrombosis in the inner veins (DVT) or what is commonly known as clotting of blood vessels in the leg. In fact, several previous studies that have been conducted have indicated that particulate dust can also increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. The researchers also revealed that pollutant dust can also cause blood to thicken and tend to clot or clot more easily. From there, Harvard scientists drew their conclusions after examining about 2,000 Italian respondents, 900 of whom had DVT.
However, one thing to be aware of is the threat of DVT or blood clots that occur in the area around the legs and can move to the lungs. In this respiratory organ, the clotted blood collects and locks, causing a deadly pulmonary embolism. The increased risk of DVT can be triggered if a person travels long distances but the body does not experience significant movement, for example, when boarding a plane for hours. Your activity on the plane is just sitting, this is what is feared can increase a person’s risk of getting DVT. In addition, DVT can also attack those who most of their activities are spent sitting for hours without any exercise, such as sitting in front of a computer in the office for a long time.
In this study, scientists collected data on pollution levels from a number of areas where respondents lived. After that, the researchers then found that those who were exposed to high amounts of particulate dust within a one year period were diagnosed more likely to develop blood clotting problems. As published in the Archives of Internal Medicine explains, that every increase in particulate dust that enters the body by 10 micrograms per square meter is the same as increasing the risk of experiencing DVT by as much as 70 percent.
According to general medical guidelines, good air quality should have particulate dust of not more than 50 micrograms per square meter, more than that, air is categorized as contaminated air which if it enters the body and clumps means it will not be good for health. Avoiding pollutants that have polluted most of our space for movement is indeed difficult. However, by doing a few small things such as getting used to using a mask, regular exercise can at least minimize the risk of getting DVT.