About one-third of the state’s population lives in communities where the air does not meet federal health standards, according to state officials. Six million people in inland areas still live with unhealthy smog levels and air pollutants.
Although air pollution in California has dropped significantly over the last decade, smog remains above federal health standards in parts of Greater Los Angeles, San Diego, the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento, according to a report conducted by the California Air Resources Board. The exceptionally dry, stagnant weather has worsened air pollution across the state.
Health studies link ozone and fine-particle pollution to respiratory illness and other health problems, including asthma, heart disease and cancer. Fine-particle pollution is made up of particles (tiny pieces) of solids or liquids that are in the air, including dust, dirt, soot, smoke and drops of liquid. Particle pollution significantly affects people with heart or lung disease, older adults and small children, and can cause eye irritation, lung and throat irritation, trouble breathing and even lung cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We are Synergy HomeCare Corona/Riverside want you and your elderly loved one to know the risks of poor air quality. Unfortunately, we live in a beautiful area tainted by high levels of smog and increased particle pollution due to the unseasonably dry weather and increased ground-level pollutants. The CDC provides a comprehensive connection between air quality and lung and heart health:
- Air pollution can make asthma symptoms worse and trigger attacks. Adults and children with asthma may be more sensitive to air pollution exposures such as ground-level ozone and particulate matter. Ground-level ozone is a main component of smog. Ozone can trigger asthma attacks and make existing asthma worse. It is produced at ground level when pollution from cars and trucks, power plants, factories and other sources react with heat and sunlight.
- Ozone worsens on hot summer days, especially in the afternoons and early evenings.
- Particle pollution increases in stagnant areas, near busy roads and around factories that produce air pollution.
- Exposure to fine-particle pollution contributes to cardiovascular disease and death, according to the 2004 American Heart Association’s Scientific Statement on Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease.
- People who breathe fine-particle pollution over a long time have more heart problems than people who do not breathe this kind of air pollution.
- Particle pollution can increase the risk for heart attack, stroke, heart failure and irregular heartbeat in some people. Older people and people who have coronary artery disease or structural heart problems are also at increased risk for greater heart problems.
- Breathing higher amounts of fine-particle pollution even for a short time can increase the risk for cardiovascular death. The World Health Organization has estimated that, each year, more than 800,000 deaths are caused by breathing fine-particle pollution long term.
In order to keep you and your senior parent happy and heart healthy, avoid strenuous outdoor activities, spend time indoors and avoid busy roads and highways in the midst of escalated smog levels and particle pollution.
About SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside
Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Synergy HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. Synergy HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at http://www.synergyhomecare.com/agencies/ca/corona/ca18/. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 951-280-9808 and [email protected] .