A new study on the impact of air pollution on cardiovascular health is happening at the University of Louisville.
The Green Heart Project looks at the connections between human health and a green environment. Researchers hope what they learn will help them combat chronic diseases and poor heart health, one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
Air pollution is linked to 7 million premature deaths worldwide annually--200,000 in the United States alone. It is the fourth-leading cause of death worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study, just behind high blood pressure, a poor diet and smoking. The World Health Organization estimates that nine in 10 people worldwide are breathing polluted air.
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