Heart disease is becoming an increasingly common disease amongst Americans, making cardiovascular disease a major topic in health today. It is estimated that about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year, that means 1 in every 4 deaths is stemmed from heart disease.
An even scarier statistic about cardiovascular disease is that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men.
Our health is something we need to pay close attention to, especially learning ways to prevent harm to ourselves and our body. We can do this by learning what factors can affect our health and ways to rectify these factor to better help our overall health and reduce the potential risk of acquiring cardiovascular diseases.
Cardiovascular Disease Causes
You may be wondering what factors can be the leading cause of cardiovascular disease, and there are a few main factors that can lead to this fatal disease. Smoking (including secondhand smoke), high amounts of certain fats and cholesterol in the blood, high blood pressure, high amounts of sugar in the blood due to insulin resistance or diabetes, and blood vessel inflammation are some of the main factors associated with cardiovascular disease. However, just because these are the most common potential factors of cardiovascular disease doesn’t mean they are the only things to look out for. We are going to dive deeper into a potentially dangerous factor to the development of cardiovascular disease, this factor being indoor air pollution.
Cardiovascular Disease Symptoms
Before we look at the potential link between indoor air quality and cardiovascular disease, let’s first look at the initial symptoms related to this type of disease.
- Shortness of breath
- Palpitations (irregular heartbeats or a “flip-flop” feeling in your chest)
- A faster heartbeat
- Weakness or dizziness
Effects of Indoor Air Pollution on Human Health
A silent health hazard in your home that many people forget to even consider is the air quality in their homes. Air quality, specifically air pollution can have both short-term and long-term effects on your health. Potential short-term effects can include eye and throat irritation. While long-term effects can be much scarier, including respiratory disease, heart disease, and cancer which can be quite debilitating or even fatal. You might be saying to yourself, “Well I don’t have anything dangerous in my home”. Unfortunately, for many of us, we are unaware of everyday items that we use that could be putting us at risk. Just by cooking food on your stove top or on a grill can be releasing carbon monoxide into your home’s air. Some other common air pollutants in your home could be smoke, mold, and VOCs from the paint in your home. All of these pollutants could be impacting your chances of cardiovascular disease.
Recently, researchers have been spending more time looking at the link between indoor air quality and several serious health diseases. During this research, federal scientists officially ranked indoor air pollution as one of the most important environmental problems in the United States. So no wonder why this is causing quite the stir with our health! Especially when you take into consideration that most Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors.
How Does Indoor Air Pollution Affect the Cardiovascular System?
Indoor air quality was found to be 2 to 5 times greater than outdoor pollution levels. Just this alone shows the potential impact your indoor air has on your overall health. Over time researchers have tried to understand what factors can cause or lead to cardiovascular disease. Especially since according to the American Heart Association, someone dies from cardiovascular disease every 40 seconds in the United States. Finding links to cardiovascular disease can help doctors achieve their mission of reducing the rate of cardiovascular deaths in the United States.
A recent study conducted by the EPA’s STAR grant program at the University of Washington performed a decade-long study that reveals a direct link between air pollution and atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a build-up of plaque in the coronary artery that can affect heart health. Also, another study from the medical journal The Lancet found that long-term exposure to particulate matter can prematurely age blood vessels and in response, a quick buildup of calcium in the coronary artery can restrict blood flow to the heart and other major blood vessels. The long-term effects of this blood flow restriction is an increased chance of cardiovascular events such as a heart attack and stroke.
Combating Indoor Air Pollution in Your Home
So how exactly can you be proactive and eliminate air pollutants in your home? The American Heart Association’s journal Circulation found that air purifiers appeared to lessen the negative effects of cardiovascular disease. When buying an air purifier you need to make sure it’s an effective air purifier that will destroy and neutralize the air pollutants in your home.
The EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System utilizes hospital-grade technology to guarantee the air in your home stays as clean and pure as possible. Unlike many air purifiers, our mobile air system takes in the air and either neutralizes or destroys the source so that the pollutants do not get recycled back into your home’s air like other purifiers. The key to this process is our certified HEPA filtration as well as our own unique-to-us EnviroKlenz Air Cartridge that works to remove VOCs and malodors in your home’s air.
The EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System is your solution to remove VOCs from your home or office both safely and effectively. The unit is portable and once the EnviroKlenz-Air® Cartridge (size 14”x14” included with purchase) is installed it will begin to remove and neutralize chemical odors, allergy triggers, and malodors in the air.
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Another potentially dangerous air pollutant in your home tainting your air is mold. Mold can be the hardest air pollutant to get rid of in your home, and it requires a strong plan of attack for removal. Well, look no further than our latest product the EnviroKlenz Mobile UV Model. This unique mobile air system is specifically designed to combat and destroy mold as well as other bacteria and viruses in your home’s air. So what makes this mobile air system different than our basic mobile air system? Well, this system utilizes Ultraviolet Germicidal Radiation (UVC) to remove airborne particulates and allergens and inhibit the growth of captured microorganisms such as bacteria, mold, and viruses. The high dosage UV lamps are located on the collection side of the HEPA filter and work to attack airborne viruses and smaller bacteria. Furthermore, the location of the lamps is designed to keep the filter free from bacteria growth.
Cardiovascular disease is on the rise in the United States. With the link between cardiovascular disease and indoor air pollution coming into the forefront improving your home’s air has never been so important. Finding ways to combat pollutants in your air can help you ultimately fight off the chances of developing cardiovascular diseases in the future.
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