Breathing in a lung-full of car or bus exhaust would leave most people coughing and choking for a few moments. But inhaling that kind of pollution every day could eventually affect your heart, too — especially if you already have some kind of health condition.
Women with diabetes appear particularly at risk for developing heart disease when exposed to air pollution over a long period of time, researchers reported in a study published Nov. 25 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
“Our environment once again interacts with us in many ‘silent ways’ that we continue to discover,” says Robert Greenfield, MD, about the study. Dr. Greenfield, the medical director of Non-Invasive Cardiology & Cardiac Rehabilitation at MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, was not involved in the research. READ MORE ON EVERYDAY HEALTH WEBSITE