(CNN)Exposure to the huge cloud of toxic substances, dust and particles that arised from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 has actually been connected to an increased danger of heart disease amongst first-responder firemens, according to a brand-new research study.
The research study, released in the medical journal JAMA Network Open on Friday, discovered that both repetitive and instant direct exposures to the dust throughout the months of clean-up following the attack was connected with raised heart disease danger that lasted for approximately 16 years.
Among the firemens in the research study, “the ones with the best direct exposure– those present in the early morning of 9/11– had a greater threat than those who appeared later on in the week,” stated Dr. David Prezant, primary medical officer for the Fire Department of the City of New York and a teacher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine , who was senior author of the brand-new research study.
“We can not show causality in a research study of a little less than 10,000 individuals and we do not have a control group of unexposed. We have a control group of lower exposed,” Prezant stated. “To take this research study to the next level, we would need to compare it to a friend of unexposed firemens and after that a mate of the basic population that are not firemens.”
The brand-new research study signs up with numerous others that have actually discovered an association in between firemens reacting to the World Trade Center catastrophe and raised health dangers.
Previous research studies have actually revealed a link in between direct exposure to carcinogens and other contaminants in the dust from the World Trade Center wreckage and an increased threat of some cancers amongst individuals who operated at the website, consisting of firemens .
Remembering lives lost
On Thursday, the Fire Department of the City of New York revealed that it will include the names of 22 members who passed away of health problems associated with their operate in rescue and healing efforts at the World Trade Center to the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall. More than 200 members have actually passed away of World Trade Center-related health problems, according to the department.
“This solemn wall is a long-term and poignant suggestion of the sacrifice of all that reacted on September 11th and worked for weeks and months at the World Trade Center looking for the innocent lives taken that day,” Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro stated in a composed declaration .
“Because of their commitment and bravery, each year the currently incredible loss suffered by the FDNY continues to grow as diseases declared the lives of those who so fearlessly served our city.”
The brand-new research study happens a month after President Donald Trump signed into law an act that licenses the extension of the country’s 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund .
The fund was set to end in 2020. The freshly signed legislation, promoted by comic Jon Stewart , guarantees settlement for victims through 2090.
The extension of the fund will guarantee settlement for individuals hurt throughout the 2001 terrorist attacks or the rescue and clean-up efforts that happened in the instant after-effects of the attack under harmful conditions.