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EPA Science Matters: February 13, 2018

February is American Heart Month. EPA is raising awareness of heart disease and its link to air pollution and other environmental factors as a partner in Million Hearts, a national initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Keep reading to learn about EPA’s heart health research.

How can you protect your heart from air pollution? EPA researchers are studying whether eating certain foods or taking supplements might protect against the onslaught of air pollution. They are also testing innovative technologies that can be used to teach people about potential risks.

Living near roadways can have an impact on heart health.recent EPA study found that people at high risk for heart disease are more likely to have peripheral artery disease and high blood pressure if they live near a busy road.

EPA and CDC developed a course for healthcare professionals called Particle Pollution and Your Patients' Health. The course provides tools to help patients understand how particle pollution affects their health and how to effectively use the EPA Air Quality Index. EPA scientists who conduct research and risk assessments on the health effects of particle pollution contributed their expertise to developing the course.