Environmental Cardiology: Pollution and Heart Disease (Issues in Toxicology)

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Although it is widely recognized that environmental factors such as smoking, diet, exercise, and socioeconomic status affect the risk of cardiovascular disease, recent work showing the effects of other environmental factors provides a more complete assessment of the situation. This view has emerged from three developments. Firstly, there has been a sudden explosion in the prevalence of diabetes and obesity which indicates a strong environmental component. Secondly, there is an accumulation of evidence suggesting that most cases of these diseases could be prevented by healthy lifestyle choices. Finally, studies have shown that exposure to environmental pollutants has a significant effect on heart disease risk. This book is the first to provide a comprehensive account of the effects of pollutants on heart disease and to integrate this area of research within the overall theme of environmental cardiology. The introductory chapter outlines the effects of different aspects of the environment on heart disease and provides a context for the discussion that follows. Subsequent chapters give an overview of the effects of particulate matter and discuss the epidemiological studies supporting the link. The book then goes on to cover the effects of pollution on different aspects of cardiovascular disease (hypertension, stroke, heart failure, ischemic heart disease and atherogenesis). Because of a close association between diabetes and heart disease, a discussion of the effects of particulate matter on diabetes is also included. Later chapters discuss the effects of individual pollutants such as vehicular emissions, metals and aldehydes. A review on manufactured nanoparticles is incorporated because these particles represent an important new threat to cardiovascular health. The understanding that emerges from this monograph suggests that we must be more alert to the effects of the environment and develop strategies that target, not only the diseased individual, but also the unhealthy, disease-causing environment. It is essential reading for cardiologists, epidemiologists, urban planners and pollution control specialists.

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This is the first comprehensive text on environmental cardiology. It describes how environmental factors impact on the genesis, severity and precipitation of heart disease and defines the main focus and boundaries of this emerging field. The book is essential reading for cardiologists, epidemiologists, and individuals involved in pollution control and urban planning. It is also sets the tone for productive dialogue between laboratory science, field studies and population research.

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Environmental Cardiology: Pollution and Heart Disease is the first landmark publication to provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary review on the emerging field of environmental cardiology and current research linking pollutant exposure to heart disease. The book begins with an introductory chapter on the environmental basis of cardiovascular disease and the role of the environment in evolution. It provides a new classification for the different categories of the human environment and provides an in-depth analysis of the role of the natural, social and personal environments in modifying and transmitting the risk for heart disease. Subsequent chapters discuss how exposure to particulate air pollutants, vehicular exhaust, manufactured nanoparticles and pollutants such as metals, arsenic and environmental aldehydes affect the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Both experimental and epidemiological evidence are discussed as well as the impact of exposure to air pollution on hypertension, atherogenesis, ischemic heart disease and heart failure. There is also new evidence supporting a link between exposure to environmental pollutants and stoke, obesity and diabetes. The understanding that emerges from this book suggests that we must be more alert to the effects of the environment and develop strategies that target, not only the diseased individual, but also the unhealthy, disease-causing environment. It is essential reading for cardiologists, epidemiologists, urban planners and pollution control specialists.

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