30 Jul '11, 9pm

Study: Diesel particulates cause... heart attacks?

Study: Diesel particulates cause... heart attacks?

In what might be considered one of the worst bits of info related to diesel engines, medical researchers at the University of Edinburgh say that chemical particles (aka particulates) exiting the tailpipe of diesel-fueled vehicles can significantly increase the risk of heart attack in otherwise healthy adults. The research, funded by the British Heart Foundation, showed that particulates impair the ability of small blood vessels to direct flow to organs, including the heart. Yes, particulates can be reduced by using a urea-based system (commonly referred to as selective catalyst reduction or SCR), but these complex units are not commonly found on older diesel-fueled vehicles. Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, says that: Our research shows that while both gases and particles can affect our blood pressure, it is actually the miniscule...

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