Sitting in Traffic Raises Heart Attack Risk

A new study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine identifies another way in which modern life is hazardous to our health. After speaking to nearly 700 heart attack survivors, it was found that the longer an individual spends sitting in traffic, the greater the risk of a heart attack.

Surprisingly, the risk applied not only to individuals riding in cars, but also those who sat in traffic while riding bicycles or buses. The highest risk was found in women and in all individuals over 60 years old.Sitting in traffic increases two very important risk factors for experiencing a heart attack or many other diseases: elevated stress and exposure to air pollution. Both traffic congestion and pollution levels are highest during the morning rush hour, so this is the time of greatest exposure to both of these risks.

While it may not be possible to eliminate your commute to and from work, there are certainly things you can do to minimize the toll that it takes on your health.

For people who live within 1-2 miles of their work, it may be possible to allow an extra 30 minutes to an hour to walk to and/or from work. This is a great way to get a moderate amount of exercise to start the day. Just be sure to wear a good pair of walking shoes to prevent injury to your feet.

If walking to work is not an option, there are still numerous other changes in daily nutrition, regular supplements and activities that can very significantly lower the risk of a heart attack. Heart disease is the single largest cause of death in the U.S. for both males and females. Yet it is also one of the most preventable of all chronic diseases.

If you are interested getting a comprehensive treatment plan that is specifically tailored to address your disease risks and your lifestyle, visit one of the physicians at Nature Cures Clinic. As primary care physicians, a large focus of our job is in helping individuals make healthy changes to prevent the need for any medical care in the future.

If you have further questions, you can send a note to, or visit our New Appointment Page to fill out our appointment request form. Our clinic will call you to schedule visit.

You may not be able to avoid sitting in traffic, but you certainly may be able to avoid the health risks associated with it.