More than half of the plaques found in obstructed arteries contain plastic.

Small plastic particles are found in several important organs, including the placenta.

We must understand the health concerns of tiny particles since they quickly penetrate our tissues.

Microplastics have been studied in organ replicas and mice to determine their effects on the human body. 

However, those studies used microplastic concentrations that may not reflect real-world exposure, and few have been done in humans.

A tiny Italian study detected microplastics in fatty deposits removed from patients who had clogged artery surgery and reported their health outcomes nearly three years later.

A carotid endarterectomy minimizes stroke risk by removing fatty plaques from constricted arteries.

Raffaele Marfella, a medical researcher from the University of Campania in Naples, led this new study to assess the risk of stroke, heart attack, and mortality in patients with and without microplastics in their plaques.

The researchers followed 257 patients for 34 months and found that approximately 60% had polyethylene in plaques from their fat-thickened arteries and 12% had PVC in fat deposits.

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