Even healthy adults with no history of heart disease are not immune to the effects of ozone. According to a new report in the medical journal "Circulation," volunteers that spent two hours exercising while being exposed to ozone showed unfavorable changes in heart function.
The changes included a surge in inflammation markers and decreased levels of enzymes that break down blood clots, which indicate a link between air pollution and heart disease. The study exposed 23 young people to air containing 0.3 parts per million of ozone, which is higher than normal levels in American cities yet not uncommon in Beijing or Mexico City.
Exposure to even reduced levels of ozone can negatively impact heart health. While previous studies have linked the two together, this is the first to numerically track the impact of the pollutant on heart and lung health.
Homeowners concerned about their exposure to ozone can invest in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier. The medical-grade technology can help improve heart and lung health.