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Rush Hour Harms Hearts

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Thursday, 09 Nov 2017 04:16 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Air pollution is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Those at risk for heart disease should consider avoiding pollutants that occur during rush hour, a top heart association says.

More than 3 million deaths worldwide are caused by air pollution each year.

In fact, the European Society of Cardiology says that air pollution ranks ninth among modifiable disease risk factors, ahead of low physical activity, high-sodium diet, high cholesterol, and drug use.

Because vehicular exhaust is a key cause of air pollution, people with heart disease or those at high risk for it should avoid rush hour traffic.

Instead, the organization recommends:

• Walk, cycle, or use public transportation

• Avoid streets with high traffic intensity, particularly during rush hour

• Exercise in parks and gardens

• Limit time spent outdoors during high-pollution periods

The report focuses on Europe, but here in the U.S., researchers at MIT estimate that air pollution causes 200,000 premature deaths each year, with traffic pollutants to blame for 53,000.

These common sense recommendations will help not only your heart, but also your lungs, by breathing cleaner, healthier air.

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Because vehicular exhaust is a key cause of air pollution, people with heart disease or those at high risk for it should avoid rush hour traffic.
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