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New international study links air pollution to heart attacks

A new international study published on January 15, 2012 has linked breathing a variety of air pollutants to the increased likelihood a person will suffer a heart attack, according to the Scientific American.

Researchers went around the world to quantify the links between air pollution and heart health. They found that even short-term exposure, less than seven days, to all major air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other except ozone was associated with an increased rate of heart attacks.

Due to length of exposure playing such a large role in heart attack rates, homeowners should invest in a medical grade home air purifier to limit contact with indoor toxins.

"One strength of our study is the comprehensive nature of our search that spanned multiple databases and was not restricted to particular publication language or a single pollutant," wrote the authors, who are from several institutions in France as well as the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, according to the source.

Limiting exposure to pollutants is a key component to decreasing potential negative health effects. Investing in a home air purifier such as IQAir HealthPro Plus HEPA Air Purifiers could help.