Published on January 29, 2014 | by Henrique Cabral

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Living in London makes you 13% more likely to have a heart attack

Elephant and Castle is one of the most polluted places in London

A new research has showed that living in city with high levels of pollution, like London, increases the risk of heart attack by 13%. The study was published in the British Medical Journal, and followed up 100,000 people over 12 years.

The publication says “long-term exposure to particulate matter is associated with incidence of coronary events, and this association persists at levels of exposure below the current European limit values”.

The current European limit value is of 25 particulate matter per cubic metre of air. But in boroughs like Westminster and Southwark this number is as high as 41, 64% higher than the EU limit.

Whilst the Mayor encourages and invests in cycling and electric powered cars, enviromental organisations say this is not enough. “After six years, he’d certainly not done enough. We need him to ban diesel exhaust from most polluted places”, argues Simon Birkett, director and founder of Clean Air in London organisation.

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