Two cases of sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in last 10 days: Could air pollution be the cause?
Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of cardiovasculardeath. In the last ten days, I encountered two cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest; the first was a 28-year-old on 25 mg olanzapine and the second was a 70-year-old post-bypass. In the first case the PM 2.5 levels were > 300 in the preceding few days and in the second case the PM 2.5 levels were > 400 in the preceding two days.
I request all our readers to share all cases of sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. There may be more such cases, which were considered as routine deaths. However, I am convinced that the reason is air pollution....read more
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New Delhi, 11th November 2018: Air pollution levels in the capital city of New Delhi turned hazardous the night after Diwali despite Supreme Court’s efforts to curb the bursting of crackers. Some of the major monuments such as India Gate and Red Fort were covered in toxic haze and visibility on major roads was reduced to barely 50 metres (160 feet). Early morning ambient air quality readings touched 526, according to the US embassy in the city which independently monitors pollution levels.
Air quality readings above 500 are considered extremely serious and can aggravate heart and lung diseases. It is advisable to avoid any outdoor activity. Delhi’s air quality typically worsens in winter, due to pollution from the burning of rice stubble, diesel engines, coal-fired power plants and industrial emissions.