New study links lead exposure to heart disease deaths
from Consumer Reports
Lead exposure may contribute to more than 400,000 deaths of adults each year in the U.S., according to an estimate published today in the journal Lancet Public Health. That number includes 256,000 annual deaths from cardiovascular disease, suggesting that lead exposure may be a significant, overlooked risk factor for this leading cause of death. The estimate was extrapolated from a nationally representative sample of 14,289 adults, whose blood had been tested for lead sometime between 1988 and 1994.
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