The granules floating in the air - the type emitted by motor vehicles, factories, fire and smoke - can cause blood vessel damage, causing cardiovascular disease.
You do not smoke, you practice hard every day and never forget to control the salt content, which they absorb fat. But there is a risk factor that you probably have not heard about it more than once, while should have done so: It's air pollution.
According to research published in the journal Circulation Research of the American Heart Association, air pollution can be extremely harmful for your heart. The granules floating in the air - the type emitted by motor vehicles, factories, fire and smoke - can cause blood vessel damage and inflammation in young adults, healthy .
Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, lecturer in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Louisville, Kentucky (USA), co-authored the study, said: "We knew that there is strong correlation between pollution and status deaths from heart disease, particularly heart failure and stroke. But we have only observed this phenomenon occurs in people very sick or / and the elderly - groups of people with big possibilities will soon die anyway anymore. But the fact that we are increasingly witnessing the changes in the group of young adults, healthy. That shows that pollution affects all of us, even if we do not have any other risk factors. "
This is not the first study to indicate the relationship between urban living pollution and cardiovascular disease. May last year, a study in Israel showed that those exposed to high levels of air pollution than the average over a period of 3 months before the disease will have blood glucose levels (LDL, also known as bad cholesterol) and higher cholesterol levels (HDL, also known as good choleterol) less than those exposed to lower levels of pollution.
These studies may sound scary, but there are some things you can do to reduce the harmful effects of pollution on health, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. As follows:
- Reduction in peak hour traffic. If you are forced to be on the road during peak hours, always closed cars and use the air recirculation mode closed (air to escape each time the car will help avoid fatigue tired from inhaling too much CO2).
- Since you have the highest potential exposure to indoor air particles when cooking, so using ventilation fan out will benefit your health.
- Use a gas flame or electric stove or wood stove instead. If you must have the warmth of the fire burning in the house, use dry wood types.
- Do not use scented room sprays and cleaning products with pine or citrus flavor because they can react with ozone in the air to form dust particles.
- Installation of high efficiency filters for central air-conditioning systems in the house, therefore, will attract the dust particles can be seen only through a microscope. If you are not central air-conditioning system, invest in equipment to clean the air effectively.
- Check the level of the current air quality of your city and try to stay indoors when high outdoor pollution. If you must go out, avoid exercise, especially around areas of high traffic density such as the crossing busy roads or highways.