Phoenix, Arizona, May 20, 2019– (MEDIAN STILL NO THICK ENERGY IN PHOENIX, HEALTH CARE ISSUES SAY) As the mercury in Phoenix, Arizona rises, so does the risk of health problems.
In Phoenix, which has one of the highest average concentrations of air pollutants in the nation, the mercury concentration is a whopping 5.7 parts per billion.
But that’s the only way to get an accurate reading.
The average concentration in Phoenix is 0.8 parts per million.
But in the city where mercury is found in the air, that average is 1.1 parts per 100,000.
A recent study found that when compared to the national average, Phoenix residents have a significantly higher risk of having a stroke.
The study analyzed the data from 2000 to 2020 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), an ongoing long-term survey that looks at the health of the American population.
In the study, they found that people in Phoenix had a 25 percent higher risk than those in the rest of the country of having some form of stroke.
There was also a significantly increased risk for people in the Southeast who live in areas with very high concentrations of particulate matter.
While there are some health benefits to being exposed to mercury in the upper reaches of the atmosphere, according to Dr. Michael Hausfather, a cardiologist at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, the risk is not great.
He said the mercury levels are higher than what is safe.
“The more mercury you’re exposed to, the higher the risk, and the higher that risk becomes.
And in fact, we’re now seeing that mercury levels in our air are actually lower than what the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] says they should be,” Dr. Hausfield said.
“So I don’t think we’re going to see an increase in stroke cases or heart attacks in Phoenix.”
The EPA’s guidance states that concentrations above 1.5 parts per thousand should not be considered safe.
The guideline does say that people who are older than 50 should not exceed 1.3 parts per 1000, and older adults should not consume more than 2.4 parts per hundred.
The EPA says people who have been in a high-risk area should not drink water or eat foods that contain mercury, but those rules are less stringent than what doctors and nurses are taught.
“For example, if someone has a blood mercury level above 3 parts per trillion and they drink at least two glasses of water per day, they are likely to have a blood level above 2.3,” Dr Hausday said.
“What the doctors and the nurses are told is that if you’re at the threshold of being exposed and you’re still not drinking or eating, you’re likely to develop a stroke, so if you have the highest blood mercury, that’s going to be the number that you need to be concerned about.”
Dr. Haussfield says the most common way to increase exposure to mercury is by using cleaning products, including cleaning products with a high level of mercury, like soaps, toothpaste and soaps containing methyl mercury.
If someone is concerned about a stroke or other health problems, he recommends going to a doctor or a hospital.
“If you have any of these symptoms and you think you might be having a heart attack or stroke, you might want to talk to your doctor and have your blood tested,” he said.
The CDC recommends people use their own personal filters and wear masks to limit their exposure to high levels of mercury.
But Dr. Richard T. Sargent, an epidemiologist at the CDC, says he is not against all of that.
“I don’t believe in the precautionary principle,” he told Med News Today.
“But the thing is that the risk from exposure to low levels of pollution is much lower than that from high levels.”
For those who have symptoms of a stroke like a sharp headache, a mild headache, fatigue or nausea, Dr. Svalin recommends a test for the presence of mercury in their blood, called a methyl-mercury antibody test.
“And you know, in the case of the mercury antibody test, it’s basically taking blood samples from a person who’s already had a stroke and it’s taking those samples, and then looking at those levels to see if the person has any signs of having suffered a stroke,” he explained.
“That’s basically what we do with the blood test.
If you have symptoms like headaches, you have to take a blood sample, and that’s why I don, you know I’m not a fan of that.””
I’m not an advocate of mercury use,” Dr Svalan added.
“When we talk about mercury exposure, we don’t mean, oh well, if you take a small amount, you’ll have a stroke.”