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