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EHN: Mercury Promotes Blood Clots, Which Increases Heart Disease Risk
June 25, 2010, 8:31 am
Filed under: News, Spotlight on... Mercury

 Jun 22, 2010

Lim K-M, S Kim, J-Y Noh, K Kim, W-H Jang, O-N Bae, S-M Chung and J-H Chung. 2010. Low-level of mercury enhances procoagulant activity of erythrocytes: A new contributing factor for mercury-related thrombotic disease. Environmental Health Perspectives
Synopsis by Jennifer F. Nyland

A research team describes the likely way mercury affects red blood cells and increases the risk of heart disease.

Researchers have determined that exposure to low levels of mercury can encourage clotting of red blood cells, a dangerous condition called thrombosis that contributes to cardiovascular disease.

In short, the research shows that red blood cells, when dying after exposure to mercury, release proteins that encourage blood cells and platelets to clot and clump together – or coagulate – inside vessels. The increased clots can worsen existing cardiovascular disease and raise its risk in others.

Mercury is a global environmental contaminant with almost universal human exposure. The metal is linked to an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Its association with one of the top human diseases has vast public health implications.

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