Asbestos is a deadly substance that has long been known to cause lung problems, asbestosis and mesothelioma. However, a new study has revealed that workers exposed to the substance are also at a greater risk of stroke and heart disease. Research published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine claims that asbestos acts as an inflammatory agent and increases the likelihood of stroke and cardiovascular complications. After monitoring 100,000 asbestos workers, it was found that just over 1,000 deaths occurred as a result of stroke, while 4,000 were caused by heart disease. Women were also identified as being at a greater risk than men, with figures showing that women were 100 per cent more likely to die of a stroke, compared to 63 per cent among male participants. Females exposed to asbestos are also 89 per cent more likely to die as a result of heart disease, whereas men are just 39 per cent more at risk. Find the nearest Barchester care home.