U.S. News and World Report reports that there are increasing connections between smog – the type of pollution we deal with most in the Roanoke Valley – and high blood pressure. Meaning it’s not just your lungs that are struggling when it gets hazy outside – your heart may be working harder as well:
From the article:
In the short term, he noted, a few days of increased air pollution could lead to more emergency hospital visits due to temporary spikes in blood pressure. In the long term, those living with consistently high levels of air pollution could end up with chronically high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is a key risk factor for stroke and heart disease, the number one cause of death worldwide. And high blood pressure itself is associated with about 17 percent of fatalities globally, the study authors pointed out.
It is urgent to take more actions to protect our environment and clean the air quality,” said Liu.
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