Understanding How Air Pollution Exposure Increases Illness in People with Heart Conditions
Air pollution exposure increases the risk of illness and death among people with heart
Understanding whether air pollution contributes to the development of diseases
of the heart and blood vessels can help with preventing these diseases
and helps justify strong air pollution standards. Our study of just over 4,000 people
from six U.S. communities did not find evidence that living for 20 years in more
polluted areas contributes to worsening function of the arteries, suggesting
that air pollution may damage health through other pathways.
Exercising, not smoking, eating a healthy diet, controlling weight, and supporting efforts
to clean up the environment remain important strategies for maintaining good general and
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Occup Environ Med. 2008 Aug;65(8):534-40