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EPA: Study Examines if Long-Term Exposure to Ozone Impacts the Cardiovascular System

Extensive scientific evidence on the health impacts from exposure to ozone has been used to support the regulation of ozone under the Clean Air Act for nearly half a decade. While the major research focus has been on ozone’s detrimental effects on the lungs, a large 2016 study has suggested ozone exposure may have impacts on the cardiovascular system as well.

EPA-funded research has found a potential relationship between long-term exposures to ground level ozone and the changes over time in the health of arteries that feed both the brain (carotid arteries in the neck) and heart (coronary arteries).

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