It seems like more often than not we are learning more about the potentially negative effects of BPA on our health, and a recent study has added to the list of potential causes linked to BPA exposure. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, suggests that BPA may send signals to female heart cells, causing those cells to beat erratically. This condition is known as arrhythmia and it can result in cardiac death.
BPA, or bisphenol A, is a compound commonly used in a variety of household products, especially those made with plastic and canned foods. By using products that have BPA in them, we can become exposed to the chemical, and once the BPA is in our systems it has the potential to mimic estrogen. This is dangerous because the human body maintains a delicate balance of hormones to regulate all of its functions. In this study, for example, estrogen has been show to alter contraction rates in heart cells. When estrogen mimicking BPA is in our bodies, this effect is multiplied and becomes potentially harmful to a normally functioning heart. BPA throws the balance of the hormone estrogen out of whack and the heart suffers as a result.