Air Pollution and Heart Health

DoNotSmokeHeartLately, I have been thinking about heart health. The weather has been dreary, sleeping well has been challenging—everybody looks tired, and I seem to be a magnet for people who smoke. Everywhere I go, somebody is puffing away on a cigar or cigarette. That really bothers me—my breathing and my serenity. 

Once recently, I sat in a heart doctor’s waiting room while my friend had an appointment. After a while, I noticed it was getting difficult to breathe, and I couldn’t imagine what was wrong, until I looked up. I was stunned to see someone puffing away on an e-cigarette a few chairs over. In a cardiologist’s office?! Really?! Luckily, my friend and I left quickly, so I didn’t have to figure out how to survive the awful situation.

That unfortunate experience has me thinking about the polluted air we breathe. A recent online article by the American Heart Association reports air pollution causes serious problems for the heart.

An online article by the National Library of Medicine quotes the Environment Protection Agency as stating that “People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from air pollution.” It includes a list of resources about air pollution and health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provides online information about breathing and health.

I plan to read some of these helpful resources. But more importantly, I will keep avoiding smoky, polluted air with a vengeance, so I can breathe and protect my heart. Does tobacco smoke bother you as much as it bothers me? Please let me know.

RedHeartClosingSymbol Susan

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