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    Men with highest third hair mercury levels were 56% more likely to develop coronary heart disease


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    Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:37 am Email this article

    Men with the highest one-third hair mercury content—2 mcg of mercury per gram of hair or higher—were 56% more likely to develop coronary heart disease, 68% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease (heart attack or stroke), and 60% more likely to have an acute coronary event during an average follow-up of 13.9 years compared with men in the lower two-thirds according to a study from Finland which followed 1871 Finnish men aged 42 to 60 years free of previous coronary heart disease or stroke at baseline.

     

    Study

    Data from the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study

    The study analyzed data from the population-based prospective Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study cohort.

    Reference

    Virtanen JK, Voutilainen S, Rissanen TH, Mursu J, Tuomainen TP, Korhonen MJ, Valkonen VP, Seppanen K, Laukkanen JA, and Salonen JT. Mercury, fish oils, and risk of acute coronary events and cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and all-cause mortality in men in eastern Finland. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol, 2005 Jan; 25(1): 228-233.

    Author’s Contact Info

    Jari A. Laukkanen, MD, PhD
    Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition
    University of Eastern Finland
    PO Box 1627
    FIN-70211 Kuopio, Finland
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