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PROTECT YOUR HEART FROM AIR POLLUTION
03 October 2019
Did you know 10 Indian cities are listed in the top 20 most polluted cities in the world? Now that’s a record we can’t be proud of. And if you thought air pollution is only affecting our lungs, we have news for you. In a recent research, it’s been found that small particles of air pollution can significantly affect the function of the heart apart from your lungs. That means it’s a double whammy for your health.
Studies have also shown an increase in the number of deaths and hospitalizations when there is high concentration of smog in countries around the world.
SO WHAT’S THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM?
It’s actually the tiny particles called nanoparticles which are smaller than 2.5 microns that is a matter of concern according to Health Experts. You see, our lungs and nose are programmed to filter out large particulate matter but not the smaller ones. These enter the bloodstream and begin to clog our arteries around the heart and lungs. This can lead to a heart disease or heart attack in the long-term. We can blame most of this pollution to fossil fuel combustion. Elders need to be careful in particular as they are susceptible to stroke, arrhythmia or heart failure if they are exposed to pollution even for a short period of time.
WHAT’S THE WAY OUT?
DETOUR FROM TRAFFIC
If you travel via a route with heavy traffic, try to avoid it and take another route, which might take you longer to reach but will definitely be cleaner.
WALK ON THE PAVEMENT AWAY FROM THE CARS
It’s good to be a Samaritan by walking on the pavement and walkways but it’s even better if you can walk away from all those cars on the road. After all, you don’t want to breathe in all that pollution.
When it’s smoggy, it’s best to remain indoors and use an air purifier for cleaner and fresher air. And yes, smoking indoors is be a strict no-no as it affects not only you but your loved ones.
YOU CAN BE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
From the bottom of our heart, we’d like you to plant more trees at your place. Walk instead of using your car all the time. Use public transportation if need be. Take care of your heart by taking care of the environment. The change starts with you.