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Chiang Mai: Smog linked to jump in heart attacks

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Smog linked to jump in heart attacks
Pratch Rujivanarom,
Aryuthai Nonnitirut
The Nation

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Many Chiang Mai residents had to wear face masks outdoors yesterday because of severe air pollution.

CHIANG MAI: -- A CHIANG Mai University heart specialist has raised concern over rising heart attack cases amid the recent surge in serious air pollution in the North.

Dr Rungsrit Kanjanavanit, a cardiologist at Chiang Mai University's Maharaj Hospital, said the number of patients suffering acute myocardial infarction dramatically increases at this time of the year - notorious for farm burn-offs and thick smog across the North.

The amount of tiny-particle dust now exceeds safe levels in Lamphun, Chiang Mai and Lampang provinces, while flights in Mae Hong Son were cancelled due to poor visibility.

"From my observation at this hospital, heart attack cases have risen from three to four a month to three to four a day. This phenomenon that happens every dry season and has been continuing for more than 6 years now," Rungsrit said.

He indicated that air pollution could increase the chance of heart attack, especially when the volume of particulate matter with a maximum diameter of 2.5 microns (PM2.5) is high.

"Unlike PM10, which is larger particulate matter in the air, PM2.5 can be inhaled into the pulmonary alveolus inside the lungs, which thickens blood and sometime blocks the blood vessels," he explained. "Everyone should stay indoors; especially vulnerable persons including children, the elderly and those who have a heart condition, high blood pressure or diabetes, if the air pollution is high. They should relocate if possible," he said.

The doctor suggested people should check air quality in their area daily via the "Air4Thai' application, available in both iOS and Android smartphones.

At Mae Hong Son, airport director Weerawat Takong said Karn Air's ART-60 flights to and from Chiang Mai have been cancelled due to poor visibility since Monday. Pilots require visibility of at least five kilometres but visibility is now only three kilometres. Local officials have been spraying water into the air to lower the dust level.

Officials were also doing this in Lampang. Nakhon Lampang Mayor Thanin Supasang started an air pollution reduction campaign, with fire trucks spraying water into the air.

During the dry season from January to March, farmers often burn their fields to grow new crops - despite officials urging them not to

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Smog-linked-to-jump-in-heart-attacks-30255282.html

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The radiation in the atmosphere from Fukushima also increases heart attacks and cancer rates but governments wont tell you.

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" if the air pollution is high. They should relocate if possible,"

I read that as don't live or visit here during the high smoke period.

Did the recent urgent meeting pon the matter consider an exclusion zone?

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It is pretty bad the past few days...

Parts of my garden are littered with ash from someone burning off crap

Right now it looks like a foggy morning back home in Australia...

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I guess the next step will be a government purchase of personal water sprays at THB190,000 a pop from a reputable supplier?

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The farmers are urged.....................

Damn, educate the ignorant and stubborn farmers and tell them that they are causing many people to die and have breathing problems.

If they don't listen............well hit them where it hurts most............the baht.

Prajuth, where are you?

Police, where are you?

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The farmers are urged.....................

Damn, educate the ignorant and stubborn farmers and tell them that they are causing many people to die and have breathing problems.

If they don't listen............well hit them where it hurts most............the baht.

Prajuth, where are you?

Police, where are you?

As Tonto said to The Long Ranger..we white man.whistling.gifw00t.gif

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They not only burn their fields, they cause major forrest fires all over Thailand and as in my town the village headman seems to enjoy it.

Madame TAT you may want to know (if you care and have time to listen) that during the first 3 months of the year tourists will not come to the north. When they don't know or are not aware.they will be disgusted and tell everyone not to go to Thailand during this period.

It is totally ridiculous and sad that planes cannot land in Mae Hong Son, one of the biggest tourist attractions in the north.

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Surely that should read 'Heart attacks linked to jump in smog". Pedantic - I suppose so !

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They had the news helicopter flying around chiang Mai showing all of Thailand the wonderful smoke pumping into the air from the fields burning. At first I thought it was a forest fire but the GF said no it is from the farmers.

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The radiation in the atmosphere from Fukushima also increases heart attacks and cancer rates but governments wont tell you.

Its on a need to know basis and we the humble populous are not in this category.

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"From my observation at this hospital, heart attack cases have risen from three to four a month to three to four a day. This phenomenon that happens every dry season and has been continuing for more than 6 years now," Rungsrit said.

I find this comment stretching things a bit. One of the number is either to high or to low

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