Living near fracking wells increases heart attack risks

Living near fracking wells increases heart attack risks

Fracking Site in Warren Center, PA

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Among the known health risks caused by living near fracking wells, scientists are adding heart attacks to the list.

A new study published in the Journal of Environmental Research, finds middle-aged men living near fracking operations in Pennsylvania were more than 5% more likely to die of a heart attack than their counterparts where fracking is banned. Researchers looked at Pennsylvania fracking counties and compared them to demographically similar counties in New York, which has banned fracking.

They also found heart attack hospitalization rates were higher in Pennsylvania compared to New York. The study controlled for counties’ coal production — which also increases heart attack risk — and for health insurance access, which is often poor in rural communities where fracking is concentrated.

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