Revealing the presence of microplastics in human veins

News Update : Revealing the presence of microplastics in human veins

Revealing the presence of microplastics in human veins

Naples:  From the deepest point in the world, the Mariana Trench, to the highest point, Mount Everest, microplastics (very fine particles of plastic) have been found everywhere. But in a new study, scientists have observed these particles in human blood vessels .

In a study conducted at the University of Campania in Italy, tiny plastic particles were observed in half of the patients who had their neck aorta removed.

The research findings have raised concerns about increased risks of cardiovascular disease, stroke and death due to microplastics.

According to the study’s lead author, Dr. Rafael Marfela, if the data from the study is confirmed, it will have dramatic effects on cardiovascular health because we humans have no defenses against plastic pollution.

In the study, researchers looked at 304 patients who underwent surgery to clear the aorta in the neck.

More than half (58 percent) had microscopic or nanoscopic plastic particles with rough edges in their veins. These particles included polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride.

Polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride are widely used in a variety of forms, including food and cosmetic containers and water pipes, researchers said in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

According to the researchers, patients who had these plastic particles in their veins were at increased risk of heart attack or stroke or death within the next three years.