The Effects of Your Pollution on Your Heart and Health

A sick environment can make you sick.

Your health is not affected by diet and exercise alone. There are many external factors that can have an impact on your well-being. Pollution, has been known to pose health risks to the human body, but did you know that it can negatively affect your heart?

Short-term effects of air pollution tend to strike people who have heart disease; it can cause atherosclerosis to worsen to the point of a heart attack. There may also be inflammatory effects on the heart that could cause chronic heart problems. Particles from fuel combustion, which readily enter the human body, and irritate the lungs and blood vessels around the heart, are too another cause for concern. Data has suggested that long-term exposure to air pollution can increase the occurrence of disease in the arteries. Links have also been made between heart failure, arrhythmia, stroke and blood clots.

Land that is polluted stays polluted. Using a site that was previously used for waste or industrial purposes that has not been effectively cleaned and assessed for housing, can put families at risk. While it is difficult to say what the effects of land pollution are as a general statement, certain pollutants such as lead, can reduce intelligence in children and can cause congenital heart disease.

There is also the matter of groundwater contamination, which could have been tainted by landfills, mining and illegal dumping. Chemicals that occur most frequently in polluted water such as atrazine, antimony, barium, lead and selenium can cause or lead to:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congestive heart disease
  • Hypotension
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure


Our futures are determined in one way or another by the world that we live in. That means that the decisions we make that negatively impact the planet, negatively impact us; as the environment in which we live is our lifeline. Therefore, to ensure that we have a longer, healthier life, we need a cleaner and healthier planet.

That means reducing littering, dumping, fuel combustion, water contamination and thermal pollution, as well as increasing recycling, and encouraging the invention and use of green products and equipment.

After all, a green earth helps a heart stay red.