Wednesday, February 12, 2014

EPA releases public service video on heart health and air pollution

In honor of American Heart Month and the Million Hearts Initiative, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) to educate the public and health care providers about the risks of air pollution to the heart.

One of EPA’s commitments in the U.S. Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy is to educate health care professionals on the health effects of air pollution, including heart risks. Research has shown that air pollution can trigger heart attacks, stroke and worsen heart conditions, especially in the one in three Americans with heart disease. The new PSA advises people with heart disease to check the daily, color-coded Air Quality Index forecast. At code orange or higher, particle pollution can be harmful to people with heart disease. On bad air quality days, it is recommended to reschedule outdoor exercise or to exercise indoors instead, and avoid exercising near busy roads.

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