A study issued by the American Heart Association revealed that exposure to air and noise pollution from road traffic for many years increases the risk of heart failure, especially if a person is a smoker or suffers from high blood pressure, according to the Medical Express website.
The study said that long-term exposure to air pollutants and road traffic noise puts your heart at risk, so it is necessary to reduce exposure rates to these pollutants, while quitting smoking and controlling blood pressure to help reduce individual risks.
The researchers conducted an analysis of a number of nurses in Denmark during a period ranging from 15 to 20 years, about long-term environmental exposure, specifically from air pollution and traffic noise, and the extent of its impact on the development of heart failure, whose ages ranged from 44 years and over, and the index was taken into account to determine the Body mass and lifestyle factors such as smoking, physical activity and eating habits. Researchers were also keen to determine the levels of air pollution to which they are exposed, and road traffic noise levels were estimated.
The study found that increased exposure to pollution increases the risk of heart failure by 72%, and it was found that air pollution had the greatest impact on the occurrence of heart failure, compared to traffic noise on the roads, as it was found that women who were exposed to high levels of air pollution and traffic noise On the roads showed the highest increased risk of heart failure, especially after it was found that 30% of the nurses with heart failure had a previous history of hypertension.