Air pollution is believed to be responsible for killing millions of people worldwide every year. Hear from Dr Mark Miller about his research that specialises in the biological mechanisms by which inhaled particles lead to detrimental effects on multiple aspects of the cardiovascular system.
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Dr Mark R. Miller, Senior Research Scientist, Centre for Cardiovascular Science, The University of Edinburgh.
|Mark will describe the results of a programme of research at Edinburgh University exploring how the tiny particles in diesel exhaust cause harm to the cardiovascular system. Through both laboratory studies and experiments with volunteers, this research showed that diesel exhaust particles had many effects throughout the cardiovascular system; making blood more likely to clot, altering how our blood vessels respond and making are hearts more susceptible to stress. These studies also suggest that the tiniest particles in the air may pass from our lungs into our blood and be carried to different areas of the body. The implications of this work suggest that strategies to minimise vehicle emissions are likely to be accompanied by improvements in public health.|