Researchers found that those exposed to asbestos had a higher death rate from ischemic heart disease.
Manhattan Beach, CA (PRWEB) May 11, 2012
The Mesothelioma Resource Center at mesoauthority.com is alerting workers who have been exposed to asbestos that they should monitor their health for the emergence of serious conditions such as mesothelioma, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that attacks the lining of the body’s organs. It is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. Since mesothelioma has no cure and can take 20 to 50 years to surface, early detection is crucial.
Previously, the American Cancer Society linked asbestos exposure to lung cancer as well as mesothelioma. However, new research is showing the substance may cause other conditions.
A British study published recently in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, reviewed records of workers who were exposed to asbestos between 1971 and 2005. Researchers found that those exposed to asbestos had a higher death rate from ischemic heart disease. They were also 63% more likely to die of a stroke.
Unfortunately, asbestos was used in countless products, building materials, industrial settings and automotive parts from the 1930s until the 1980s. It is still used today in many products like car brakes, shingles, chalkboards and others according to the Environmental Protection Agency, http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/pubs.html.
As a result, experts believe millions of workers and their families may have been exposed to the material. The Centers for Disease Control estimate approximately 3,000 people each year are diagnosed with mesothelioma.
The companies that mined, manufactured and sold asbestos, or used it in their products, are liable for the damages caused to those who have developed serious illness like mesothelioma.
For now, the resource center urges anyone exposed to asbestos to monitor for symptoms of mesothelioma such as shortness of breath, a lingering cough or chest pain, or night sweats. Those diagnosed should contact a mesothelioma lawyer to learn about their legal options to file a mesothelioma lawsuit as soon as possible.