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Air Pollution Linked to Hardened Arteries and Risk of Heart Disease

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Hardened arteries can be a sign that a patient may be more prone to certain types of heart disease and cardiovascular conditions. Recently, researchers have found a connection between air pollution and how rapidly atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) develops.

Researchers at University of Michigan and University of Washington joined with colleagues from across the nation to study the impact of air pollution on atherosclerosis. Over 5,000 patients were included in the cohort study, which estimated air pollution near their homes and examined the thickening of their arterial walls through two ultrasounds spaced about three years apart.

The study found that the average person experienced arterial hardening at a rate of 14 micrometers per year, but the rate at which hardened arteries worsened was increased for those who lived in areas with higher air pollution.

Hardened arteries are a common risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks. These disabling conditions may cause health complications that prevent patients from working and performing substantial gainful activity. When the arterial walls are hardened and thick they can restrict the normal blood flow, causing disruption of normal cardiovascular activity.

Restricted blood flow can increase the chance of a blood clot obstructing an artery, which may lead to life-threatening complications. It can also cause the heart to work harder to get blood through the hardened arteries, increasing the fatigue on cardiac muscles.

Cardiovascular complications such as stroke and heart disease are medical conditions which may qualify an individual for long-term disability benefits. Disability Help Group are here to help individuals with long-term disabilities determine their options for disability benefits. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.