Why do microplastics pose a threat to human health?

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  • Formation of blood clots
  • Potential impact on blood pressure
  • Potential DNA damage and mutations
  • Promotion of arterial plaques
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      Shivleela PothurgudeAnonymous
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      Researchers looked at whether tiny bits of plastic, called microplastics and nanoplastics, could be linked to heart problems in people. They studied 304 patients over about 2.5 years. They found plastic pieces in the plaque buildup in the neck arteries of many patients. Some had bits of plastic called polyethylene, and some had another kind called polyvinyl chloride. These plastics were seen under a microscope as jagged pieces mixed in with other debris. Patients who had these plastic bits in their plaque were more likely to have heart problems like heart attacks, strokes, or even death compared to those who didn’t have these plastics in their plaque.
      Reference:
      Microplastics and Nanoplastics in Atheromas and Cardiovascular Events | NEJM

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