Your morning and afternoon commute may be more than just time spent getting to and from work. Studies conducted in Germany have found that 8 percent of heart attacks can be linked to being in traffic. The culprit may be the pollution caused by car exhaust systems.
People who take the bus or ride a bicycle instead of driving are also at increased risk for heart attack after spending time in heavy traffic. If you ever want to talk to your employer about telecommuting (at least some of the time), you may want to cite possible health benefits as a reason for avoiding rush hour traffic, at least some of the time.