Researchers from West Virginia University School of Public Health, Morgantown, have linked perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) a chemical found in microwave popcorn bags to cardiovascular disease. The acid is also found in non-stick cookware, food wrappers, furniture and even raincoats.
The research panel studied the health data of 1,200 Americans and compared their PFOA serum levels with the incidence of heart disease. It was found that the greater the amount of PFOA in the bloodstream, higher is the degree of the risk of cardiovascular disease. The risk has no relation with factors such as age, race, smoking, BMI, diabetes and even hypertension. The study is first of its kind to look at PFOAs heart effect on humans.
The findings are inconclusive and more research needs to be done to reach at the conclusion on the specific relationship between PFOA and cardiovascular disease. Dr Anoop Shankar, chair of the department of epidemiology in the WVU School of Public Health, stated that those with cardiovascular disease tend to retain more PFOA in their blood; although, we are not certain if PFOA causes heart disease.
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