Hypertension Risk Increases by Major Roadways

Live near the highway? Well, it’s time to get your blood pressure checked.

A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has found that people living within a scant 100 metres of a major roadway have a 22% increased risk for high blood pressure. 5,401 people participated in the study. Those living 100 to 200 metres from a major roadway had a 13% increased risk, and past 200 metres the effect disappeared.

Of course, there are a number of risk factors for high blood pressure, like weight, lack of exercise, stress, smoking, sleep apnoea, and more. But why add another? Besides added convenience?

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