Uptick In Respiratory, and Cardiac Problems Due To Poor Air Quality In Delhi

▴ Uptick In Respiratory, and Cardiac Problems Due To Poor Air Quality In Delhi
Last 2 months 200 cases spread across all age groups, but mainly old age and adults with comorbidities like diabetes and heart disease.

Delhi :- As a result of poor air quality, many residents in the capital are experiencing respiratory and cardiac issues. Instances of cardiac arrest, stroke, and gastric problems have risen significantly. It is crucial to refrain from going outdoors during periods of low air quality or to wear a mask as a precaution.

 

“With levels of particulate matter (PM) reaching hazardous levels, the impact on respiratory and cardiac health is becoming increasingly evident. There is a spike in cases of asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory illnesses, while individuals with pre-existing heart conditions are experiencing exacerbated symptoms.  The high levels of pollutants in the air can lead to inflammation in the lungs and heart, putting individuals at a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases. There has been a notable rise in the number of patients seeking medical care for a variety of health concerns, including respiratory issues like asthma, chronic coughs, colds, viral infections, and abdominal distress. This increase has also been observed in cases related to cardiac conditions. People come with signs and symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath, which are often exacerbated by pollutants. Children and the elderly population are particularly vulnerable to these effects due to weakened immune systems or respiratory function. Air pollution has been linked to cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes. last 2 month 200 cases spread across all age group, but mainly old age and adults with comorbidities like diabetes and heart disease.” Said Dr Dixit Thakur, Pulmonologist, Apollo Spectra Delhi, Chirag Enclave.

 

Dr Thakur Added, “ The high levels of pollutants in the air have been linked to respiratory issues such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and bronchitis, as well as an increase in cardiovascular diseases. The presence of smog can cause direct irritation to the lungs and throat, especially impacting individuals with pre-existing respiratory issues. Common issues include upper respiratory problems such as nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and a sore throat. Individuals may also experience chest discomfort and fever. However, the majority of these symptoms are mild and typically resolve on their own. Urgent action must be taken to address this pressing issue and improve air quality in Delhi for the well-being of its residents.”

 

Investing in high-quality air purifiers equipped with HEPA filters can significantly improve indoor air quality and help combat the effects of pollution in Delhi. Limit outdoor activities during peak pollution hours, typically early morning and late evening when the pollutant levels are at their highest. Opt for indoor exercises or activities during these times to reduce exposure to toxic air pollutants and protect your respiratory health in the long run. Avoiding venturing out of the house or wearing a mask can help to keep the lungs and heart healthy,” Concluded Dr Thakur.

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