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HEPA filters are heart healthy

May 13, 2011
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FORT WORTH, TX — A new study published in the Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine finds that the use of high-efficiency particle air (HEPA) filters can reduce the risk of heart and blood vessel disease, according to a press release.

The researchers found that the HEPA filters reduce the amount of airborne particulate matter in the air, and that doing so results in improved blood flow and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, the release stated.

According to the release, the tests involved 45 adults and were conducted in 25 Canadian homes over a two-week period; HEPA filtration systems were added to the homes heating and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

"Specifically, the researchers were measuring for what is called reactive hyperemia," said Gary Pelphrey, marketing director for Powr-Flite.

"In the simplest of terms, reduced reactive hyperemia means that the blood vessels are somehow impaired or restricted. This can have negative health repercussions over time," Pelphrey added.

Click here to read the complete release.

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