Your Heart and Dust
In light of Heart Health Month, TuffWrap has put together a resource that contains information on how dust can affect your heart. Exposure to dust can cause health issues such as coughing, wheezing, and sometimes choking. Dust can also cause major health issues that can result in serious matters such as heart failure. Educate yourself on the dangers dust pose to your heart, and take preventative measures to stop these health issues from developing.
Heart Disease: Lungs that have had prolonged exposure to dust have to work harder to do their job, which can ultimately put a strain on the heart. Fine dust particles can settle in the lungs and cause inflammation of the heart, putting you at a higher risk for a heart attack. Worse, certain types of dust can cause fatal conditions such as cardiomyopathy, or deterioration of the heart muscle. If you have an existing heart disease, exposure to dust can prolong or worsen your condition.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD): A lung disease that involves emphysema and chronic bronchitis, COPD is extremely dangerous when mixed with exposure to dust. Homes, businesses, and retailers harbor dust, which can aggravate people who have COPD, causing tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, and coughing.
Fortunately, there are preventative steps you can take to help prevent heart issues from dust.
- If you know you’re going to be exposed to dust, wear protective gear. Goggles and face masks can help prevent dust from entering into your lungs.
- If a large project is being completed, use protective wrapping, like the kinds offered by TuffWrap, to prevent dust from floating and settling during the course of an improvement project.
- Refresh the air in a space as often as possible, especially if renovations are going on. Leave windows and doors open to push old air out and replace it with fresh air. If applicable, use a fan to push out old air, speeding up the process.
- In large open areas, sprinkle water over dust to help contain it to one area and prevent it from spreading in a breeze.
- If you are exposed to large amounts of dust, try to remove as much as you can before entering another area that is dust-free, like your home.
Follow these tips to maintain your health and wellness and prevent health problems associated with dust.