Toxicant and Disease Database
The CHE Toxicant and Disease Database is a searchable database that summarizes links between chemical contaminants and approximately 180 human diseases or conditions. Diseases and or toxicants can be viewed by utilizing the search options below. See a full description of the database and our methodology.
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Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
Causes Grouped by strength of evidence
particulate air pollution (soot)
tobacco smoke (active smoking)
People with pre-existing heart disease are more susceptible to the ischemic effects of carbon monoxide. Dichloromethane (methylene chloride) and dihalomethanes are metabolized to carbon monoxide in the body. Organic nitrates exposure (mainly in the explosives industry) includes ammonium, sodium nitrate, ethylene glycol dinitrate, nitroglycerin, and TNT and can cause cardiotoxicity in the absence of heart disease.