The heart of a person living in a polluted area works worse than that of a man who breathes fresh air, according to the study quoted by The Independent.
The longer we are exposed to airborne noises, the more time the heart will be weaker, and here we refer specifically to exhaust gases from cars, writes RFI.
The reason why specialists recommend us to avoid traveling through areas with high traffic and especially at peak hours of the day when traffic is extremely crowded. This is not always possible if we think that people go to work or school exactly at peak hours when traffic congestion cannot be avoided.
However, there are some crash solutions: Researchers recommend that when we ride a bicycle at work, we avoid the usual route if we see it as very crowded. It’s better to take it around the streets than to inhale the dangerous noxious air, experts say.
In addition, people with cardio-respiratory conditions should expose as little as possible to polluted air at peak hours.
Advice for pedestrians: When you move on the sidewalk, go as far as possible to the curb, not to inhale the harmful microbeads in the air. Sure, provided the sidewalks big enough.
Researchers have found harmful effects of air pollution on the heart even in areas where the degree of pollution was half the maximum allowed in the European Union. In other words, scientists say, the maximum level should be reviewed immediately.
A recent World Health Organization report highlights an air pollution mortality rate of 25.7 per cent in Britain, compared with only 0.4 per cent in Sweden and 14.7 per cent in Spain.
Worldwide, 25% of deaths among children under five are caused by pollution. More than half a million children die annually because of respiratory infections attributable to both air pollution and passive smoking.