Arsenic in drinking water raises heart disease risk and causes inflammation. Arsenic contaminated water is a widespread problem in the U.S.
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The doctor behind Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study findings says yes, arsenic increases the risk of cardiovascular disease- and she’s quite emphatic: “I would put my hand in the fire to that,” says Dr. Ana Navas-Acien.1
She’s not alone. Aaron Barchowsky, a professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Pittsburgh found that arsenic binds to certain receptors on fat cells, altering their normal metabolism and disrupting the normal breakdown of fatty materials. This tends to encourage the formation of artery-clogging plaques, scientists say. Arsenic can also scar cells in a way that causes artery walls to thicken, restricting blood flow.1 Studies published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) states “mounting evidence supports that arsenic in drinking water causes increased risks of coronary artery disease.”2
“We need more cardiologists to be thinking about environmental effects on the heart,” said Dr. Gervasio Lamas, chief of cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. “It’s not just some abstract E.P.A. problem. It’s actually affecting our patients.”1 . Arsenic causes inflammation, as well. Arsenic stimulates enzymes to produce hydrogen peroxide in the human body. Hydrogen Peroxide in turn sets off a cascade of inflammatory responses. 1 . Arsenic, a Group 1 carcinogen, is one of the biggest problems in drinking water, 3and a prominent environmental cause of cancer mortality in the world.4
It’s a position supported by a growing cohort of researchers and clinical cardiologists, who worry that environmental exposures generally are an underestimated risk in heart disease. The most troubling are thought to be air pollution, metallic elements like arsenic, and heavy metals such as cadmium and lead.1
High arsenic levels in the U.S. The United Stated Geographical Survey (USGS) found high groundwater arsenic levels in the U.S. to be more widespread and common than previously recognized.4 Arsenic in soil can enter groundwater. Some arsenic is present due to iron oxide deposits and the impact of geothermal water but some is due to past widespread use of arsenic-based pesticides and the current use of arsenic in treating lumber. 4
Bacteria can make arsenic worse. Certain bacteria found in soil act on arsenic, “breaking it down from arsenic V — known as arsenate — into arsenic III — known as arsenite. Arsenite is more toxic to humans and is more mobile, meaning it moves through the environment more easily and can infiltrate groundwater.” 3
Arsenic is yet another reason we say,
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