HEPA filter technology has been around since the Manhattan Project when researchers developed it to prevent radiation from seeping from the labs. Despite its age, HEPA air filters are still the most effective filters on the market and hospitals throughout the world continue to use it to protect their patients. Thanks to modern research, we’ve only just begun to appreciate fully the effect that HEPA air purifiers have on the air we breathe. In fact, in the past, we have often underestimated just how much of an effect it can have, and we’ve often limited the benefits solely to the lungs. But modern science is proving that long-term exposure to air filtered through a HEPA air purifier is greatly beneficial to the heart as well.
Several years ago two studies were proven to be particularly insightful. The first was a Danish study headed by Professor Steffen Loft at the Copenhagen Institute of Public Health. The second was a joint American study involving Dr. Leroy Rabbani at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Dr. Clifford Bassett at the New York Allergy and Asthma Care Center. Both studies investigated the effect that filtered air had on heart health, even in extremely short periods.
In the Danish study, the researchers monitored 21 non-smoking couples aged 60 to 75 for two 48-hour periods. In the first period, the couples did not have, nor had they ever had, air filtration in the home. For the second period, the researchers placed a high-quality portable HEPA air purifier in each couple’s home. During both periods, the researchers used finger sensors, blood samples and urine samples to measure common inflammation markers.
The Danish researchers entered the study expecting some improvement between the two periods, but the data accumulated was far beyond anything that the most optimistic among them had expected. On average, particulate matter was down in the home 60-percent in just a two-day span, and blood flow had increased by 8.1-percent. Some of the subjects had actually experienced some level of restoration in their blood vessels.
In the New York-based study, researchers were already working under the assumption that HEPA air purifiers did help heart health, and thus they set out to evaluate the effectiveness of HEPA compared to other types of air filtration. What they found is that even the basic grade of HEPA air filtration sets itself apart by removing 99.97% of particles of at least 0.3 microns in diameter. That size is much, much smaller than the diameter of a human hair.
This finding supported what scientists already knew: micro-particles play a significant role in causing inflammation once our lungs have metabolized them. Inflammation leads to increased blood pressure and heart rate. It reduces the health of vessel linings, and it promotes a wide array of risk factors for heart disease. The study also found that most people with damage from air pollution could reverse the damage in just the first two weeks of using HEPA air purifiers.
Medical-grade HEPA air purifiers are accessible and affordable. They can have a dramatic effect on your overall health and comfort level. Don’t waste another moment. There’s no good reason to continue breathing that polluted air in the “safe” confines of your home. Order a HEPA air purifier from Clean Air Plus today, and start breathing clean, pure air that promotes better health for your entire family.
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