How can walking near heavy traffic affect my heart?

Give your walking workout more green by hiking trails or parks instead of asphalt and concrete. You'll do your heart a huge favor.

Car pollution in high-traffic zones isn't just bad for your lungs. It can really test your heart too.

In a study, men who previously had heart attacks (but had stable heart disease) exercised while being exposed for short periods to traffic-equivalent levels of diesel exhaust. The result? Reduced blood flow to their hearts. This is not a good thing for anyone, but especially worrisome for people with heart problems.

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