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ENVIRN: The Links Between Enviromental Contaminants And Heart Disease–What Your Patients Need To Know
February 3, 2012, 11:23 am
Filed under: News

This is especially relevant for February, American Heart Month! 

(From EPA) Heart disease is the number one killer for women, as well as for men. Unfortunately many women think of a heart attack as a problem for men, not them. Each year, approximately 400,000 American women die from Heart disease and more than 42 million women are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease (heart disease). As a matter of fact, heart disease kills more women than the next seven causes of death combined.

You probably already know about healthy behaviors for the heart, such as, not smoking, being active, maintaining a healthy weight and diet.

Other important factors are your cholesterol levels, blood pressure and glucose levels. But are you familiar with the risk factor of unhealthy air and the invisible particle pollution that can harm your heart? Do you know where to find information about out the air quality in your community or zip code?

The EPA has great online resources to help you teach your patients and community members about the links between environmental pollutants and heart disease.  These resources are available in multiple languages and include how to find your Air Quality Index, get your drinking water tested, and reduce environmental exposures both indoors and outdoors. 

Go to the EPA’s page on heart disease and environmental health at http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/ehwhh/index.htm

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