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Links found between soil pollution and heart disease

Pesticides and heavy metals in soil may have detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system, according to a review paper published in the journal Cardiovascular Research. As noted by study author Professor Thomas Münzel, of the University Medical Center Mainz, “evidence is mounting that pollutants in soil may damage cardiovascular health through a number of mechanisms including inflammation and disrupting the body’s natural clock”.

Pollution of air, water and soil is responsible for at least nine million deaths each year, more than 60% of which are due to cardiovascular disease such as chronic ischaemic heart disease, heart attack, stroke and heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias). The authors say that soil contaminated with pollutants such as heavy metals, pesticides and plastics may lead to cardiovascular disease by increasing oxidative stress in the blood vessels, causing inflammation and disturbing the body clock (circadian…

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