Metal Toxicity and Heart Damage : Dr. Leonard

Metal Toxicity and Heart Damage

metalsHeavy metals can build up in the body over time. They often show no visible symptoms in the beginning. Toxic metals are neurotoxic. These metals when introduced into the system can trigger inflammatory responses.

The top 4 heavy metals that are most damaging to health include lead, arsenic, aluminum, and mercury though any heavy metals in excess can be damaging. If you happen to have a metal allergy, this risk is compounded. This is according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

The top risk factor for heavy metal toxicity is aging. This is simply due to time exposed to pollutants in our environment. Ages 30-40 have a 12x risk while the 40-50-year-old age group comes in at a 30x greater chance. It goes up from there.

Besides age, other risk factors include:

  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Glyphosate exposure
  • Exposure to herbicides
  • Exposure to pesticides
  • Vaccine exposure
  • Eating fish
  • Dental Work with metals in the amalgam or alloy
  • Medical implants
  • Eating nonorganic foods
  • Cooking in aluminum
  • Having a copper IUD
  • Using chemical based household cleaning agents
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Dying your hair
  • Tattoo ink
  • Tap water contamination

Additionally, certain professions lend themselves to higher exposure risks as well.

  • Painters
  • Auto Body Technicians
  • Welders
  • Miners
  • Pesticide manufacturing plant workers
  • Lithographers
  • Photographers who work with film
  • Plumbers
  • Refinery workers
  • Hairdressers
  • Dentists and Dental Assistants
  • Construction workers

Though metal exposure can affect any organ in the body, one of the most dangerous that can sustain damage is the heart muscle. Chronic exposure and elevated levels of certain metals can cause the heart muscle to weaken over time. Here are some symptoms to watch out for.

  • Heart Palpitations when you have no real reason to be nervous
  • Excess sweating
  • Uneven sweating (one armpit more than the other)
  • Headache pain (eye area)
  • Feeling jittery as if you have consumed a great amount of coffee
  • Mood swings
  • Elevated heart rate when exercising above what it should be for your age
  • Feeling extremely physically taxed when you aren’t doing much of anything
  • Chest pain
  • High blood pressure

These symptoms and this diagnosis often go overlooked and can be misdiagnosed as stress or hormone imbalance. If you are experiencing these symptoms, please consult a cardiologist as soon as possible. Metal toxicity may be a consideration. If you are in the Tampa, Florida area please visit

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