February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, which gives Air Alliance Houston the opportunity to shed light on how air pollution can lead to heart issues, among other serious conditions.

Air pollution can come from a variety of sources, including car traffic, factories, chemical plants and other industrial facilities. Houston is a city where ozone, or smog forecasts are fairly common, which means tiny pollution particles in the air can lead to serious problems for your heart.

In 2004, the American Heart Association published scientific statement stating that air pollution exposure contributes to cardiovascular illness and mortality. According to the report, short-term exposure can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure in susceptible people, such as the elderly or those with pre-existing medical conditions. The risk of death is even greater for those who experience long-term exposure to air pollution. Experts also believe air pollution can increase the risk of other conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Air Alliance Houston is continuously working to raise awareness of the public health threats related to air pollution, particularly in low-income neighborhoods and communities of people of color. Please consider donating to Air Alliance Houston’s programs to contribute to widespread understanding of the health effect of pollutants, research into the reduction of air quality issues, and improved air quality and health in our city.