Harvard Heart Letter

Lead and heart disease: An underappreciated link?

This toxic metal can boost blood pressure and may raise the risk of cardiovascular disease. Lead is widespread in our environment, and even low blood levels of this toxic metal may raise the risk of heart disease, a growing body of evidence suggests. Last year, a study in Lancet Public Health found a link between lead exposure and a higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The data came from a nationally…

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