Air pollution can severely affect your heart health, warns a new study published in the journal Circulation. The study looked at the effects of low levels of pollution on the heart.
Air pollution produces significant adverse health effects. An old study published in The Lancet Neurology stated that air pollution was one of the major causes for stroke worldwide. Even low levels of pollution can create serious health problems.
Now, a recent review linked air pollution rated “safe” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to a diabetes risk.
Led by Steffen Petersen — a professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom, this new study suggests that even low levels of air pollution may affect the heart.
Dr. Nay Aung of Queen Mary University, who is the first and corresponding author of the paper along with colleagues, analyzed data on over 3,900 healthy people.
These adults were asked to give information about their health, residential area, and lifestyle. In addition, the researchers using MRI measured their hearts’ size, weight, and function. The team found an association between pollution exposure and changes in heart anatomy.
“Although our study was observational and hasn’t yet shown a causal link, we saw significant changes in the heart, even at relatively low levels of air pollution exposure,” Dr. Aung explained.
“Doctors and the general public all need to be aware of their exposure when they think about their heart health, just like they think about their blood pressure, their cholesterol, and their weight,” Dr. Aung added.