Air pollution is bad for a variety of reasons. It’s not good for the environment. It’s not good for those who suffer from certain respiratory conditions. And as it turns out, it’s also potentially not good for those with non-O blood types. A new study that was done by the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute and Brigham Young University revealed that those who have A, B, or AB blood types might be at an elevated risk to suffer from a heart attack when exposed to very high air pollution.
There have been international studies done in the past that have shown a direct correlation between air pollution and the risk of heart attacks. However, researchers decided to take things a step further with this latest study by taking a look at the impact that a person’s blood type can have when it comes to air pollution. They studied those who have the ABO gene, which is present in people with A, B, and AB blood types, and turned up evidence that suggests that those with that gene are more likely to have a heart attack when air pollution is high.
To be clear, those with type O blood are technically at an increased risk of having a heart attack during times of high air pollution as well, according to the study. But their risk isn’t increased as much as the risk of those with A, B, and AB blood types. So the researchers who conducted the study have warned those with A, B, and AB blood types to avoid air pollution at all costs, if possible. They have also urged them to speak with their doctors if they take heart medication as it pertains to dealing with air pollution.
This study is one of many that could help save lives in the future. Researchers plan to continue to look into the connection between blood types and heart attacks, but for now, the most recent findings can be put to practical use by those around the world.