Dirty fuel in open stoves increases heart risk

A cross-sectional study conducted in Peru compared urban dwellers mainly cooking with clean fuels like propane gas, kerosene and electricity with those in rural areas who use wood, animal dung and/or crop residues in open-fire stoves.

Biomass users were more likely to have carotid atherosclerotic plaques, increased carotid artery intima-media thickness and higher systolic blood press-ure, the researchers found.

Heart 2013; 99:984-91