Steps You Can Take to Reduce Health Effects from Air Pollution
Studies show that air pollution can trigger heart attacks, strokes and worsen heart failure in people who are at risk for these conditions. If you have a heart condition, you could benefit by reducing your exposure to high levels of air pollution.
When are air pollution levels high?
Any time of year
When weather is calm
Near busy roads
In urban areas
In industrial areas
When there is smoke
Are you at risk?
Greater risk if you have or have had:
Coronary artery disease
Angina (chest pain)
A heart attack
Bypass surgery or an angioplasty
An internal cardiac defibrillator
A stroke or transient ischemic attack
Blockages in the arteries of the neck or legs
Steps to Protect Your Heart
When pollution is high, you can reduce the amount of particle pollution you inhale
Delay your outdoor activity
until the air is cleaner
Reduce your activity level (for example, go for a walk instead of a jog)