A recent study showed the benefits of living in a green neighborhood for heart health, indicating that those who lived in a green area were 16% less likely to come down with heart-related health conditions.
Seniors living in green areas had a 4% lower risk of getting a heart condition than those that didn’t live in green areas.
Study leader Dr. William Aitken, a cardiology fellow at the University of Miami, said, “For the cost of one emergency room visit for a heart attack, trees could be planted in a neighborhood with 100 residents and potentially prevent ten heart diseases.”
There are a few factors that researchers believe have to do with these rates of improved heart health.
Aitken said, “People living in greener areas may do more outdoor exercise and might feel less stressed due to being surrounded by nature. In addition, vegetation could provide some protection from air and/or noise pollution. This is an area for further exploration.”
Even though we are still not completely sure why living in a greener area is better for your heart, this study has opened up a new realm of possibilities for digging deeper and better understanding how the heart works.
It shows an amazing option for maintaining a healthy heart no matter what age you are – especially when Americans are at such a risk of developing a heart-related health condition.
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