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An annual doctor’s visit often entails some degree of fibbing about how much you’ve been exercising, drinking, smoking, et cetera. But now there’s a health risk you don’t have to lie about, because you have almost no control over it: air quality.

In a new article in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors from Boston College and Case Western Reserve University reviewed the evidence that ties airborne pollutants to cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. What they found was compelling enough to entreat their colleagues to add exposure to air pollutants to the list of health risks they discuss with their patients.

“What has been missing from this whole conversation about cardiovascular disease is the impact of environmental factors outside of an individual’s control,” said [Philip J.] Landrigan, a pediatrician and epidemiologist whose pioneering work led to the removal of lead from gasoline. “It is time to bring these issues into the conversation.”

Of course, there’s only so much you can do to change the air you breathe. Unlike many of the other factors that you’re supposed to tend to for the care and we... Read more

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