Environmental toxins link to cardiovascular disease, heart problems and stroke risk.

Environmental toxins are increasingly suspected as factors that increase risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), strokes and heart attack risk. 

Of course, the principle antagonist has always been cigarette smoke, but that may be changing.

There is now good evidene from several large population studies that other airborne particles (like diesel fumes) increase CVD morbidity and mortality. for 

Increasingly though, links extend beyond the obvious - polyaromatic hydrocarbons, aldehydes, and even heavy metals have also been reported to elevate CVD risk.

Maternal exposure to drugs, toxins, and infection has been linked with cardiac birth defects and premature CVD in later life.

Worryingly, in-home environments are increasingly seen to be greater sources of toxins that the work place or even supposedly 'dirty' inner city centres. The average housewife now comes into contact with over 680 chemicals of concern in a month in the UK - through cleaning materials and even her toiletries and personal care products.

Work is in its infancy. But that did not stop EuroMPs passing a resolution to ban over 1,000 commen chemical ingredients, a few years ago. Their resolution was vetoed from on high. Cheap pollutants are often important ingredients in everything from toothpastes to nail polish and carpet tile glues. And these often get into the blood stream all too easily. 

One factor often forgotten is the need to maintain a healthy gut microbiome - although your gut bacteria (which control your immune system) are affected by environmental toxins, they also help remove them from your body.

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Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19119685