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‘Bad’ air may impact ‘good’ cholesterol, increase heart disease risk


Traffic-related air pollution may increase heart disease risk by lowering levels of so-called “good” cholesterol, according to new research.
In a study of 6,654 middle-aged and older adults from diverse ethnic backgrounds, participants living in areas with high air pollution levels tended to have lower high-density […]

Air pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young adults


Fine particulate matter air pollution may cause blood vessel damage and inflammation in healthy young adults, according to a study released Tuesday.

“These results substantially expand our understanding about how air pollution contributes to cardiovascular disease by showing that exposure is associated with a cascade of […]

Exposure to air pollutants linked to high blood pressure


For your heart’s sake, limit your time outdoors when pollution levels are high.

That’s the conclusion of researchers who recently found that short- and long-term exposure to air pollutants from coal burning, vehicle exhaust, airborne dust and dirt are associated with the development of high blood […]

Air pollution from wildfires may ignite heart hazards


Air pollution from wildfires may increase risk for cardiac arrest and other acute heart problems, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“While breathing wildfire smoke is linked to respiratory problems such as asthma, evidence of an association between wildfire smoke […]

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Air pollution may fuel severe stroke in poor neighborhoods

Higher concentrations of particulate matter from air pollution may amplify severe stroke in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Researchers analyzed the potential synergistic effects of living in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods and air pollution on stroke severity in a bi-ethnic […]

EPA highlights health impact of air pollution, urges action

Reducing air pollution to help prevent chronic diseases will grow more challenging and have a big impact unless aggressive, collaborative action is taken, said public health leaders who met this week.

Nearly 150 million people, roughly half the U.S. population, live in areas with unhealthy air pollution levels. Air pollution […]

Environmental toxins linked to heart defects

Children’s congenital heart defects may be associated with their mothers’ exposure to specific mixtures of environmental toxins during pregnancy, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.
Congenital heart defects occur when the heart or blood vessels near the heart don’t develop normally before birth. Defects may […]