Elizabeth Sharpe, Communication Director
UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Air Pollution and Your Heart. Air pollution is considered a significant risk factor for developing heart disease, the #1 cause of death in the United States (CDC). There’s also evidence that high air pollution can trigger cardiac events like strokes and heart attacks. In the podcast, “Air Pollution and Your Heart,” physician and epidemiologist Joel Kaufman, MD, of University of Washington, discusses the latest research and how you can reduce your risk.