Air pollution and heart disease

February 15th, 2016

Hello Greenzoners!

Do you remember our post about “saving clean air”?

This time we will talk about link between air pollution and health of heart. There were a lot of discussion about their connection. The Researchers have found connection between specific kind of air pollution in urban areas and  cardiovascular disease like heart attack.

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Woman and man cardio problems

There are a lot of assumptions about the growth of cardiac problems in urban air pollution. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Investigators from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health  and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) explored big data from more than 100,000 participants. They found out that for each increase of ten micrograms per meter of air pollution, woman’s risk of cardio problem increased by 44% while she had type 2 diabetes. These were greater in women over the age of 70, obese lives in the northeast or south. What is more they proved that it depends on geographic region. More cardiovascular problem were found in the western United States than in the east.

Levels of pollution and cardiovascular hospitalizations

There were also studied respiratory diseases. However they researches did not find correlation between coarse particles and hospitalizations these diseases. Another interesting thing is link between higher levels of coarse particle and cardiovascular hospitalizations. When the first one were higher, there were more cardio hospitalizations.

In next step, researchers check if individuals making healthier choices are less susceptible to the adverse impacts of air pollution. They try also determine if similar patterns of susceptibility are seen in men.

If we view in percentage terms, disease rates related to air pollution may seem small. The truth is that a lot of cardiovascular disease are particularly caused by air pollution. There are more cases in large and polluted cities.

Clean Air Saves Lives, What can you do to protect yourself

To reduce risk of heart disease or stroke you can take steps on your own. It’s not so difficult. Actually you can reduce:

  • Risk of heart disease,
  • Risk of a recurrent heart attack stroke,
  • Even repair irregular heart rhythm .

To reduce risk of all of these disease you need to make healthy choices. You should stop smoke, control your blood pressure and cholesterol. Change your diet and eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. Another important thing, drink a lot of water. It clean your body.

Keep Green!

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