Med’s Sanjay Rajagopalan examines relationship between heart health and heat waves

Heat waves can be hard on the heart
AARP MagazineSanjay Rajagopalan, director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the School of Medicine, said the most dangerous days for heart health are those of extreme heat and high levels of air pollution. Some heart attack deaths may be attributed to the combination of extreme temperatures and high levels of fine particulate pollution, which comes from sources like factories, cars, trucks and wildfires. “And unfortunately, it’s becoming much more common these days when you have the confluence of wildfires and high temperatures,” he said.