Leaden blood hikes granny's heart risks

By Janet Raloff, 16:27 PM April 6, 2009

After menopause, women face a rapidly increasing risk of heart disease. In short order, heart attacks and other manifestations of heart disease become the leading causes of death in women. One possible, newfound contributor to the postmenopausal spike in lethal heart disease: lead.

This toxic heavy metal used to pervade industrialized societies. It was an ingredient in most paints and gasoline, was molded into the pipes that conveyed drinking water to urban homes, and sometimes even found u...

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