Summary: Antonio Da Roza, Jessica Hefes

Originally reported: Medical News Today

Date: 6/2/10

Originally: 09/11/07

Study links stroke and heart attack to diesel pollution [1]

While previous observational and epidemiological studies had demonstrated a close link between exposure to traffic pollution and heart attack, British and Swedish researchers lead Dr Andrew Lucking, have found that diesel fumes from road vehicles increases blood clotting and platelets in healthy volunteers. These symptoms are closely linked to increased risks of suffering from heart attacks or strokes. Dr Lucking noted that diesel fumes contain a much higher concentration of very fine particles. Exposure to high levels of diesel exhaust for a short time makes the blood between up to 24.2% more likely to clot. Hence, Dr Lucking advised against exercising near traffic congestion.


  1. Diesel Air Pollution Linked To Heart Attack And Stroke, Medical News Today, 09/11/07