Study: Ground zero responders may have higher heart risks

11/18/2011 | HealthDay News

First responders who inhaled the dust at ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001, may have a higher risk for heart disease and should have regular physician follow-ups and even periodic MRI scans, researchers reported at the American Heart Association annual meeting. The study from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York analyzed blood vessel wall integrity in 31 responders because inhaling particulate matter can lead to inflammation in artery wall linings and hardening of the arteries.

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