DID YOU KNOW...
By: John Sawdon Director of Education & Special Projects
Air Pollution Can Be Dangerous for People with Heart Disease!
Millions of Canadians and Americans are at higher risk from air pollution because of heart or vascular disease (1). Despite progress in reducing environmental pollution during the past forty years, studies continue to show pollution-related adverse health impacts include: premature death, hospitalization for unstable angina (chest pains), heart attacks, heart failure and stroke among people with cardiovascular disease.
The AQHI is designed to give you the above mentioned information with suggestions on how you might adjust your activity levels depending on your individual health risk from air pollution.
The scale is 1 to 10
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 +
Go to the website at www.ec.gc.ca/cas-aqhi/
This website will explain and illustrate the Air Quality Health Index. It will also ask you to input your location to get a air quality health index reading for your location. The weather channel also shows the air quality health index for locations across Canada.
The United States also has an air quality health index which is called AirNow and can be reached at www.airnow.vov/?action=acquibasics.aqi This scale uses a 0 to 500 rating which is separated into six categories and colour coded for ease of understanding.
This scale is divided as follows:
This website also invites you to find the air quality for your location and provides cautions depending on your health condition and the air pollution that may exist.
The articles, on the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada website, are presented with the understanding that the Foundation is providing information only and not rendering medical advice. Please check with your family physician, specialist or health care professional before implementing any of the ideas expressed in these articles.