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Revealing the presence of microplastics in human veins

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In a groundbreaking study conducted at the University of Campania in Italy, researchers have discovered microplastics—tiny particles of plastic—in the blocked blood vessels of individuals, raising significant concerns about potential health risks associated with plastic pollution.

The study, led by Dr. Rafael Marfela, examined patients who underwent surgery to remove blockages in their neck aorta. Astonishingly, half of these patients were found to have small blood vessels clogged with microplastics, indicating widespread exposure to plastic particles within the human body.

The presence of microplastics, including polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride, in the veins of more than half (58 percent) of the patients underscores the pervasive nature of plastic pollution. Polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride are commonly used in various consumer products, including food packaging and cosmetics.

The research findings suggest that individuals with microplastics in their veins may face increased risks of cardiovascular diseases, strokes, and even death within the next three years. Dr. Marfela emphasized the dramatic impact of these findings on cardiovascular health, highlighting the lack of protection humans have against plastic pollution.

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, this study sheds light on the urgent need to address plastic pollution and its potential adverse effects on human health.

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