Researchers from New York University Langone Health and NYU School of Medicine found that children who survived in World Trade Center attack have the risk of future heart disease.
The researchers conducted blood tests of 308 children, 123 who may have direct contact with dust on that day of the attack. They reported that the children who had higher contact with dust have a raised level of artery-hardening fats in their blood.
NYU School of Medicine and health epidemiologist’s associate professor, Dr. Leonardo Trasande said, “Since 9/11, we have focused a lot of attention on the psychological and mental fallout from witnessing the tragedy, but only now are the potential physical consequences of being within the disaster zone itself becoming clear.”
According to Trasande, the long-duration danger may stem from vulnerability to certain perfluoroalkyl contents (PFASs).When electronics and furniture burned in the disaster; the chemicals get propagated into the air and the chemicals are called as perfluoroalkyl.
These chemicals include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is used to make plastics more flexible.
The study’s outcome revealed that every threefold increase in blood PFOA levels can leads to 9 to 15% increase in blood fats, including LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
Dr. Trasande said that increase of fat levels in the blood, especially LDL, can cause heart disease and it can also cause to blood vessel blockages and heart attack at high risk.
Dr. Trasande says, “Our study emphasizes the importance of monitoring the health co0nsequnces from 9/11 in children exposed to the dust, and offers hope that early intervention can alleviate some of the dangers to health posed by the disaster.”
There is the number of solutions to this disease such as diet, exercise and weight control and the early signs of this disease’s risk can be addressed by these solutions.