Research has found that those exposed to asbestos in their jobs are at a significantly greater risk of heart disease and stroke than the general population.
It is already common knowledge that asbestos removal workers are prone to serious lung diseases, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, due to their exposure to asbestos fibres.
In the latest study, scientists analysed the cause of death among nearly 100,000 asbestos workers. The research team compared the number of deaths from stroke and heart attacks between 1971 and 2005 against the number that would be expected to occur in the general population.
15,557 people died from all causes during the study period. Strokes accounted for just over 1,000 deaths, while heart disease the reason behind another 4,000.
They found that, based on the standardised mortality ratios, asbestos workers were significantly more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than the general population, even after taking account of smoking.
There was also some evidence that the longer someone was exposed to asbestos, the more likely they are to die from heart disease, even after taking account of smoking.
The research, carried out by the Mathematical Sciences Unit at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton, Derbyshire, is published online in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine journal.
April 9, 2012 at 3:31 am | Asbestos Removal |
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