Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. The cardiovascular consequences of mercury toxicity and the development of cardiovascular disease are well documented in the scientific literature. In addition, there are a myriad of other health conditions that occur as a consequence of cardiovascular disease including hypertension, generalized atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmias, heart rate variability, sudden cardiac death, cerebrovascular accidents (stroke), carotid artery disease, renal dysfunction and renal failure. The overall health effects of exposure the mercury is a serious issue that has not received proper medical attention, despite accumulating research. If you or a loved one suffers with any form of cardiovascular disease, we encourage you to discuss this with your medical provider and consider being screened for elevated body burdens of mercury. If your doctor is not familiar with how to evaluate for mercury toxicity, you may want to find a doctor who specializes in Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner
Prevent Mercury Intake to Stop Heart Disease
One of the most ignored links to heart failure is mercury. People are exposed to mercury from a variety of sources:
- Dental Amalgam
- Atmospheric Mercury
- Mercury-Containing Vaccines (as with flu vaccines)
- Seafood containing high levels of mercury
Most people are exposed to a number of these sources for a lifetime. Mercury accumulates in the body, so tissue and organ mercury levels rise with each exposure. It’s true that some of the mercury is continuously excreted, mainly in the feces, but much is re-absorbed and recirculated from the gut only to be redeposited in tissues and organs, such as the heart.
The Role of Mercury in Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. The overall health effects of chronic exposure to various heavy metals in the environment is a serious issue that has not received proper medical attention, especially as it relates to cardiovascular disease. This is particularly true of mercury but also with other heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, aluminum, iron and arsenic.
Role of Mercury Toxicity in Hypertension, Cardiovascular Disease, and Stroke
Mercury has a high affinity for sulfhydryl groups, inactivating numerous enzymatic reactions, amino acids, and sulfur-containing antioxidants (N-acetyl-L-cysteine, alphalipoic acid, L-glutathione), with subsequent decreased oxidant defense and increased oxidative stress.