A recent study found that prolonged exposure to air pollution and traffic pollution could increase the risk of heart failure in women.

The study showed that two common air pollutants, fine particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide,  and traffic noise pollution affected the heart’s ability to pump blood correctly. As a result, women that were exposed to these pollutants for 3 years had a 17% increased risk of developing heart failure.

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Lead author Youn-Hee Lim, an assistant professor at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, said, “We were surprised by how two environmental factors. Air pollution and road traffic noise interacted.”

This is bad news for women who live in high pollution or high traffic areas, as they will be exposed to these air and noise pollutants more frequently.

Lim said, “To minimize the impact of these exposures, broad public tactics such as emissions control measures should be implemented. Strategies like smoking cessation and blood pressure control must be encouraged to help reduce individual risk.”

This is just one more reason why we must start to take pollution seriously. Our leaders must address the issue to help create a safer and cleaner environment for all of us.

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