Contributed by: Harleen Kaur
People living in the surrounding neighbourhoods are worried about their health since the twin towers were demolished.
Several health problems, including headaches, asthma attacks, colds, phlegm, and allergies, are likely to last for several weeks.
People can get sick in significant numbers as a result of the Noida Twin Towers demolition, raising serious health issues.
The vast quantity of debris and cloud dust will take some time to clear out, and as the particulate matter worsens the air quality in the neighbourhood, people who already have breathing and cardiovascular problems may experience worsening symptoms.
However, the government has taken all necessary precautions to protect the local citizens.
Moreover, Jaypee Hospital Noida is now fully prepared for demolition where 8 emergency department beds and twelve intensive care unit (ICU) beds are reserved just for emergencies.
Can dust pollution lead to heart issues?
Long-term exposure to dust requires the lungs to work harder, which can eventually put stress on the heart.
Dust enters through the nose and respiratory system, where they settle in the lung alveoli and cause inflammation and lung damage.
As a result, the endothelium (the inner lining of blood vessels) becomes inflamed and tiny particles are absorbed into the bloodstream which further can cause kidney failure, stroke, and many more.
Some people are prone to get heart diseases easily like men over the age of 75, with hypertension and diabetes.
Moreover, people are more likely to experience a heart attack and asthma problems if fine dust particles are accumulated in their lungs and induce heart inflammation.
Who is more susceptible to a heart due to excess dust and particles?
People with high blood pressure
Heart disease is significantly increased by high blood pressure. It is a condition that develops when the blood pressure in your arteries and other blood vessels is too high.
This can also happen when you breathe excessive dust. It may also have an adverse effect on your kidneys, brain, heart, and other important body organs.
People with obesity
Excess body fat is known as obesity. Obesity raises “bad” cholesterol and triglyceride levels while lowering “good” cholesterol. Obesity can result in breathing difficulties, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are components of COPD, a lung condition that is highly harmful when combined with dust exposure.
Dust can cause serious irritation to COPD sufferers and lead to tightness in the chest, breathing problems, and coughing.
Precautions to take
- Wear protective gear if you know you’ll be exposed to dust. Wearing face masks that will protect your lungs from dust and sunglasses might help stop dust from getting into your eyes.
- Installing an air purifier with high efficiency will assist in cleaning and sanitizing your home.
- It is advised to, wash all bed linens, blankets, pillowcases, and sheets in hot water that is at least 130 degrees F (54.4 degrees C).to reduce the risk of allergies.
- Many respiratory conditions, including bronchitis and asthma, can be treated with citrus fruits including oranges, pineapples, grapes, and lemons. Additionally, it contains vitamin C, which is well known for preventing allergies, infections, and inflammation.
- It is advisable to stay at home to avoid being exposed to dust.
Fact check: A study found that following a dust storm, the risk of heart attack rises by 1.5 times daily.
Long years were needed to build the Noida Twin Towers. Destroying the structures only took nine seconds.
People who live close to the twin towers will frequently experience health problems including shortness of breath and allergic reactions, but it’s important to use precautions in this situation.
Elderly people and young children with weakened immune systems can be most affected.
But keeping yourself hydrated and with a proper diet including fruits, can keep increasing your body’s immunity and help you to fight infections like cough cold and allergies.
Moreover, it is advisable to opt for regular health screenings to keep track of your health. These tests help you to identify any issues with your overall health so you can take the necessary steps to avoid illnesses.