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Healthy Heart Toolkit: Announcements

July 2017

Million Hearts Initiative Offers Information on Air Pollution Impacts on Cardiovascular Disease

New content on the national Million Hearts website now offers information on the health effects of particle air pollution on cardiovascular health and provides links to EPA resources, including the Healthy Heart web page and Air Quality Index. EPA is a partner in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts Initiative to prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce heart attacks and strokes using a select set of evidence-based public health and clinical strategies. The Million Hearts website is designed to educate health care professionals and the public on actions that can be taken to protect cardiovascular health, including being aware of air quality conditions for those with heart disease.  Increasing environmental health literacy among physicians and advanced healthcare professionals will help identify those at highest risk, save lives, decrease morbidity, and lower healthcare costs.

 Visit the Million Hearts’ Particle Pollution and Heart Disease web page

Feb. 14, 2017

Health Effects Institute Releases First Annual State of Global Air Report

Air pollution is the leading environmental cause of death worldwide according to the State of Global Air 2017, a new, first annual report by the Health Effects Institute (HEI),  an independent, nonprofit research institute funded jointly by the EPA, industry, foundations, and development banks. The report also finds that 92% of the world’s population lives in areas with unhealthy air. All told, long-term exposure to fine particulate matter-- the most significant element of air pollution-- contributed to 4.2 million premature deaths and to a loss of 103 million healthy years of life in 2015, making air pollution the 5th highest cause of death among all health risks, including smoking, diet, and high blood pressure, the report states.

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December 2017

report coverAging and Protecting Your Heart. The US Surgeon General's National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council has published the report entitled Healthy Aging In Action: Advancing the National Prevention Strategy(50 pp, 4.6 MB, About PDF). The report highlights EPA’s Healthy Heart initiative to raise awareness of the link between air pollution and cardiovascular health.