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Let’s Talk About Air Pollution and Heart Disease

2014 February 7

Editor’s note: Due to a major ice and snow storm on the east coast on February 12th and 13th, we’re rescheduling our #HealthyHeart Twitter chat to Thursday, February 20th at 2:30 PM ET. Join us then to talk about air pollution and heart health. Follow @EPAlive and the #HealthyHeart hashtag on Twitter to ask questions and participate. For Spanish, follow @EPAespanol and #corazonsano.

By Ann Brown

February is American Heart Month, and it’s a good time to remember matters of the heart. Did you know that air pollution can trigger heart attacks and strokes, and worsen heart conditions? With one in three Americans having heart disease, there’s a good possibility that you know people with problems. Learn what we know about the effects of air pollution and help protect them.

Join our live twitter chat on Thursday, February 13th at 1:30 PM ET to learn more about the threats of air pollution to the heart and ways to protect yours. Follow @EPAlive and the #HealthyHeart hashtag to join the conversation. We’ll share information about air pollution and heart disease so that you and your loved ones can take action to protect yourselves. During the chat, we’ll also tweet in Spanish on @EPAespanol using the hashtag #corazonsano.

Dr. Wayne Cascio, a cardiologist who researches these issues at EPA, will be available during the chat to discuss:

  • what we know about air pollution and its connection to heart disease and stroke,
  • how to reduce your risk, and
  • how science is helping us better understand how air pollution can harm the heart.

Feel free to post your questions now in the comment section below, or tweet them when you join us for the chat on February 13. We’ll answer as many questions as we can during the chat. Also, read more about the connection between air pollution and heart disease on our healthy heart website.



About the author: Ann Brown is the communications lead for EPA’s Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program in Research Triangle Park, NC, which is the hub for EPA’s research to protect public health and the environment from outdoor air pollution.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. permalink
    February 8, 2014

    Thank you very much for useful information.

    King Regards.

  2. Bouchakour permalink
    February 8, 2014

    I would not want to overreact but I try to be rational.
    one in three Americans with heart disease is serious for individuals because it increases the chances of death due to myocardial infarction, for the society due to the dissolution of the social structure for loss of a parent or both, and because it probably increase economic investment of the state for the care of patients.
    Really, it should reduce the population of the air at all costs.
    I wish the best success in this task as difficult as primordial.
    Best regards

  3. Dt S Prokop permalink
    February 12, 2014

    Why are people concentrating on adult myocardial infarct studies?Surely the six cities study put that question to bed years ago.
    What about the disturbing finding that the Coronary Arteries of genetically susceptible (but controlled with matched pairs) mice showed atherosclerotic changes from LA filtered air (down to PM 0.18).
    It’s not just childhood asthma that parents should be worried about !

  4. Hilal Soraya permalink
    February 14, 2014

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  5. James martin permalink
    February 15, 2014

    Air Pollution is one of main reason for heart disease. We must grow awareness to to reduce the risk of heart disease caused by polluted air. Let’s live together in green world.

  6. Enviro Equipment Blog permalink
    February 18, 2014

    I can’t help but wonder how the catastrophic error levels are affecting the heart disease of people living in China’s main cities? I mean, as bad as it can be here in the US at times, our worst days are like a walk in the park in Beijing.

  7. rajneesh tripathi permalink
    February 20, 2014

    nice post. i really enjoyed every time visit your site. it is really been informative every time i visit to your blog. thanks.

  8. WallPosters permalink
    March 22, 2014

    Nice Post. Air Pollution is main problem in many countries. We have to know the risks of air pollution. Let’s live together in green world.

  9. permalink
    April 16, 2014

    Thank you very much for useful information.

    King Regards.

  10. permalink
    July 5, 2014

    Useful information. Thank you for sharing.

    King regards.

  11. Jimmy Brian permalink
    October 20, 2014

    Air Pollution has a great influence on heart attacks and strokes, it is a common sense, but what we often ignore is that we need to take some basic measures to improve the situation. What could we do to avoid effects of air pollution and help protect ourselves? Air pollution is a global problem, especially in some developing countries. In my mind, our government need to take the responsibilities to tackle the air pollution issue all around the world.

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