Yellow Dust Increases Heart Attack Risk: Japan Team (News)

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Tokyo, Sept. 4 (Jiji Press)—A Japanese research team said Monday it has confirmed that yellow dust increases the risk of acute myocardial infarction.

The risk was 1.46 times higher than normal on the next days of the arrivals of yellow sand, according to the team, including Kojima Sunao of Kumamoto University and researchers mainly at the National Institute for Environmental Studies.

Exposure to air pollutants mixed with yellow dust may trigger the heart disease, the team said.

In the survey, the team checked 3,713 residents of Kumamoto Prefecture who developed acute myocardial infarction in the southwestern Japan prefecture between April 2010 and March 2015.

For patients who also suffer from chronic renal diseases, the risk on the next days of yellow sand arrivals was even higher, at 2.07 times the normal, the survey also showed.

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