Cardiovascular disease: Time to identify emerging environmental risk factors

  • Priyanka Bandara, Steven Weller
  • European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, October 2017, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/2047487317734898

Exposure to wireless devices and infrastructure as an emerging risk for heart disease

What is it about?

Presentation of the accumulated scientific evidence showing that exposure to wireless radiation (microwave radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation) from devices such as mobile and cordless phones and wireless infrastructure such as mobile phone base stations and WiFi routers is an emerging risk for heart disease which needs further investigation.

Why is it important?

There has been no formal evaluation of the cardiovascular risk posed by exposure to wireless radiation (RF-EMR) though the IARC did that for cancer in 2011. With the current scientific evidence showing that low-intensity every day exposure to wireless radiation can induce biological effects such as inducing oxidative stress, changing voltage gated ion channels, changing mitochondrial function, cell metabolism etc. and convincing evidence of cytotoxic effects (including DNA damage confirmed by the National Toxicology Program USA in 2016), this paper presents important insights to a new environmental risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). This is particularly important as there have been reports of heart attack patients without traditional risk factors for CVD.

Perspectives

Priyanka Bandara
Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association

This paper provides much needed consideration to reducing public exposure to wireless radiation (RF-EMR) as a preventative measure for chronic diseases that should be noted by health authorities around the world. It also provides impetus for cardiology researchers to conduct research to investigate the impact of wireless radiation on the cardiovascular system.

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