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The surprising heart disease risk you're breathing in

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The surprising heart disease risk you're breathing in

You probably know that smog is linked with respiratory problems and lung disease, but did you also know that breathing smoggy air can cause hardening of the arteries over the long term? A February 2005 study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that the longer healthy men and women in Los Angeles were exposed to air polluted with fine particulate matter, the thicker their carotid arteries became. The carotid artery carries blood from the heart to the head and neck, and a thickening of the arterial walls over time is a major risk factor for fatal heart attacks and strokes. More recent studies have confirmed smog's link to heart problems, including recent studies published in American Journal of Epidemiology and Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Tips to help: Stay indoors as much as you can on days when outdoor pollution levels are high. If you have to be outside, limit outdoor activity to the early morning hours or after sunset. Don't exercise outdoors when air-quality reports are low.

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Heart Friendly Recipe
Cocoa Crusted Pork Tenderloin
This dish inspired by Costa Rican spices seems exotic, but it uses spices and ingredients you already have around the house: coffee, cocoa and cinnamon. You'll wonder why you've been relegating these flavorings to dessert!

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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 4
 Amount Per Serving
 Calories: 264.0
Total Fat: 13.1 g
Cholesterol: 89.6 mg
Sodium: 66.2 mg
Total Carbs: 1.2 g
  Dietary Fiber: 3.4 g
Protein: 33.7 g
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