Success: Epidemic of deaths due to heart failure underway in US

… “The United States is now experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of older people dying from heart disease, and especially heart failure,” said lead author Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH, senior research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. “This research underscores the importance of focusing on heart health in the population of people over age 65, which grew by 10 million between 2011 and 2017 and is projected to increase by another 22 million by 2030.”…

But they’re working on the elderly problem, apparently.

New evidence suggests that breathing nickel and other metals can lead to lung and heart damage, and even death…

Mort Lippmann noticed a strange phenomenon in his laboratory mice. For 14 straight days, their hearts were racing.

Lippmann, a scientist at New York University who has studied the effects of air pollution for over 50 years, couldn’t explain it. During those two weeks in October, 2004, air pollution levels were lower than average at his laboratory in Tuxedo, New York, 30 miles north of New York City.

But Lippmann soon learned that concentrations of tiny particles of nickel were the highest he’d ever seen. He tracked them all the way to a nickel smelter in Ontario, Canada, about 500 miles away.

Now Lippmann and his colleagues have gathered evidence suggesting that it’s not just mice that are affected by the metallic particles. They observed that both concentrations of airborne nickel and daily deaths from heart disease were much higher in New York City than any other city in the United States.

Around the world, fine particles – smaller than a few microns in diameter – have been linked to increased hospitalizations and deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases within hours to days of exposure.

But new evidence is emerging that some particles in the air may be more dangerous than others.

A growing body of animal and human research suggests that breathing metals may put acute stress on the lungs and heart, resulting in illnesses and deaths at particulate levels below national standards….

Lab tests of rainwater and other environmental samples.

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