In February 2019 researchers from Canada published their review of the medical scientific literature to assess the short-term health effects of air pollution in individuals living with coronary heart disease. A total of 26 studies were included in the review. Results showed that air pollution worsened cardiac function and overall health in individuals with coronary heart disease. They should therefore be educated on how to monitor air quality, to recognize the potential risks of excessive exposure to air pollution, and be aware of strategies to mitigate these risks. In addition, they should minimize their exposure to air pollution by limiting outdoor physical activity participation when the forecast air quality health index indicates increased air pollution.
Warburton DER et al. A Systematic Review of the Short-Term Health Effects of Air Pollution in Persons Living with Coronary Heart Disease. J Clin Med. 2019 Feb 24;8(2). pii: E274.