AIR POLLUTION AND HEART DISEASE
ANCHOR LEAD: WOMEN WHO LIVE IN AREAS WITH LOTS OF AIR POLLUTION HAVE MORE HEART DISEASE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Air pollution kills. That fact emerges more clearly as studies continue to demonstrate the relationship between exposure to smog laden air and multiple diseases. The latest shows that women exposed to high levels of particles in the air have more heart disease and heart attacks. Rick Lange, chief of clinical cardiology at Johns Hopkins, comments.
LANGE: Most of this particulate matter is tied to the use of transportation energy that requires coal or gasoline products, and has increased the amount of particulate matter in the air, so we need to have more effective ways of reducing that environmentally, and also alerting individuals when those particulates become higher. For example, in Dallas, where I come from, they give a red, yellow, or green alert, so that individuals who are predisposed to developing asthma or respiratory problems can decide whether they need to venture outside or not. :29
The best solution remains reducing the levels of pollutants in the air we breath. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.