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Scientists Warn of Links Between Soil Pollution and Heart Disease

New research shows that pesticides and heavy metals in soil may have negative effects on the cardiovascular system.

Pesticides and heavy metals in soil may have adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, according to a review paper published recently in Cardiovascular Research, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

“Soil contamination is a less visible danger to human health than dirty air,” said author Professor Thomas Münzel of the University Medical Center Mainz, Germany. “But 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.”

Studies show that pollution of air, water, and soil is responsible for at least nine million deaths each year. Additionally, more than 60% of pollution-related disease and death is due to cardiovascular diseases such as chronic ischaemic heart disease, stroke, heart…

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