City dwellers may need to draw up wills sooner

People who live in large cities might want to think about writing a will as they are at greater risk of developing heart disease, according to the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Making a will is easy to put off, but is an unfortunate reality for people with heart conditions who are living in polluted areas.

June Davison, cardiac nurse at the BHF, said: "It is increasingly being recognised there is a relationship between air pollution and heart and circulatory disease and it appears that it may exacerbate heart problems in those already diagnosed with heart disease."

She suggested that to reduce risks, sufferers should limit their exposure by trying to avoid staying outside for long periods.

Her comments are supported by research by the American Heart Association, which revealed that air pollution is a risk factor for heart disease and long-term exposure reduces life expectancy by several months to a few years.

However, Ms Davison added that high cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure are more likely to cause heart disease than air pollution.

Written by Morag Lyall

Published on: May 14, 2010

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