Environmental Factors

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  • Environmental Factors - Pollution
    • Definitions
      • Pollutant
        • A substance that contaminates something such as the air or water
      • Respiratory disorders
        • Conditions affecting the upper respiratory tract, trachea, bronchi, alveoli, and pleural cavity
          • Asthma
            • COPD
              • Cystic fibrosis
                • Bronchitis
      • Cardiovascular problems
        • Any disorder or disease of the heart or blood vessels
      • Sustainable
        • Being able to continue to maintain economic growth over a period of time
      • Environmental factors
        • Issues which are external to the body and affect our development directly
    • Pollution
      • Respiratory disorders
      • Cardiovascular diseases
      • Allergies
    • Housing
      • Respiratory disorders
      • Cardiovascular diseases
      • Hypothermia
    • Geographical location
      • Anxiety
      • Depression
      • Hypothermia
    • Access to health care
      • Anxiety
      • Depression
    • Example of factors
      • Outside factors
        • Chemicals from exhaust systems
        • Industrial emissions
      • Inside factors
        • Mould
        • Mixing cleaning products that emit poisonous gases
    • Tobacco smoke, combustion products and air are harmful to the respiratory system
      • Respiratory disorders range from a runny nose or sore throat to conditions such as bacterial pneumonia, COPD, and lung cancer
    • Exposure to other chemicals that cause air pollution increases the risk of thrombosis and raised blood pressure
    • Exposure to pollution during pregnancy mat be linked to the baby having congenital heart defects and cardiovascular disease in later life
      • Thrombosis - a blood clot within the vessel
      • Congenital heart defects - is a defect in the structure of the heart or great vessels that is present at birth
    • Hay fever is a seasonal reaction to certain types of pollen. It can cause sneezing, watery eyes, and a runny nose, lethargy, and flu-like symptoms
      • An asthma attack causes difficulty in breathing as the airways becomes inflamed and constricted


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