Turns out the black face masks worn by the American cyclist team on their entry to China were not a bad idea. A recent study produced by the American College of Cardiology reports that airborne pollution directly damages the blood vessels.
Utah cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Anderson commented in a recent KSL report saying that the damage to vessels and the heart is obvious and recognizable. Commenting on the pollution and ingesting process he commented, “they are so small that they can exchange into the circulation of the blood as they pass through the lungs, circulate around, and cause injury to the blood vessels as they go along. That induces inflammation," he said. "For every 10 micrograms per meter square that the pollution level increases, which is a very modest amount, the risk of a heart attack on that day or within plus or minus one or two days goes up five percent. If that goes up 10-fold, which is possible on some of our bad days here, that risk can increase 50 percent on that day or within two or three days of that time," Anderson said.
Los Angeles ranked again, the smoggiest city in the nation with 90 days exceeding health standards during 2007.
Perhaps the fashion trend seen on the streets of metropolitan Pacific Rim cities will be seen on the Third Street Promenade and Rodeo Drive. I hope the come in yellow.