Popular chemical linked to heart disease, established inspection
Compound known as perfluorooctanoic acid, is found in many items used by people every day (lubricants, paints, paper, textile coatings, food packaging, and fire-retardant foam). Meanwhile, the acid, according Anuup Shankar associated with the development of heart disease, stroke and peripheral arterial disease, says WebMD.
Shankar stresses that even small enough concentration of the compound was made to a negative effect. Effect of acid studied by the example of more than 1,200 people. As a result, the compound found in the blood of more than 98% of Americans. Apparently, it remains in the body for many years.
Order to investigate in detail the issues examined were divided into four groups according to the concentration of the compound in the blood. In this case, take the information into account the presence of history of stroke, heart attack or heart disease. Each tested to identify peripheral artery disease (narrowing of blood vessels outside the heart, due to deposits of plaque).
Appeared, together with the concentration of acid increases the likelihood of heart disease and blood vessels. Compared with the group with the lowest concentration of acid, people with the highest levels of the compound twice as often faced with cardiovascular disease, and almost twice as likely to suffer from a disease of the peripheral arteries.
Far, says Shankar, too early to make any conclusions. One thing is certain: if you are concerned about the level of the compound in your blood, try not to use objects, made with the use of Teflon.