How Wearing a Mask Often Can Affect Your Heart

Here is a quick list of how wearing a mask can affect your heart.


  • Increased heart rate,
  • Reduced cardiopulmonary capacity,
  • Lower maximum blood lactation response, which is an indicator of reduced cardiopulmonary capacity,
  • Mask-induced latent increase in blood gascarbon dioxide levels (toward hypercapnia),
  • Increase in carbon dioxideretention,
  • Increased carbon dioxide blood content,
  • Increased transcutaneous carbon dioxide, which is carbon dioxide levels measured through the skin,
  • Rapid onset of toxic effects due to the easy uptake of carbon dioxide in the blood and the rapid diffusion into bodily tissue,
  • Mask-induced latent drop in blood gas oxygen levels (toward
  • Decreased oxygen availability,
  • Decreased oxygen saturation of the blood,
  • Decreased blood oxygen partial pressure,
  • Hypercapnia, which is abnormally high carbon dioxide in the blood
  • Including acute (sudden) hypercapnia,
  • Hypoxia, which is abnormally low oxygen in the blood,
  • Hypercapnic hypoxemia, which is abnormally low oxygen in the blood at the same time as abnormally high carbon dioxide in
    the blood,
  • Increased blood acidity,
  • Increased lactate concentration,
  • Increased acidic environment,
  • Acidosis,
  • Cardiac overload,
  • Endothelial dysfunction, which is impaired function of the lining of the blood vessels, an early stage of arteriosclerosis in which the endothelium, the lining of the blood vessels, stops working properly and may cause significant symptoms,
  • Increased blood pressure,
  • Increase in systolic blood pressure,
  • Hypertension, which is abnormally high blood pressure,
  • Hypotension, which is abnormally low blood pressure,
  • Vascular damage, which is damage to the arteries and/or veins,
  • Cardiovascular disease, which is disease of the heart and circulatory system,
  • Increased heart attack risk,
  • Increased stroke risk,
  • Serious arrhythmia, which is an irregular or abnormal rhythm of the heart,
  • Cardiac dysfunction,
  • Right or left ventricular dysfunction, which is improper functioning of the portion of the heart that is largely responsible for pumping blood,
  • Pericarditis, which is swelling or irritation of the saclike tissue around the heart, the pericardium,
  • Myocardial ischemia, which is reduced blood flow to the heart, preventing the heart muscle from receiving enough oxygen,
  • Arteriosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries,
  • Coronary heart disease, which is a disease affecting the major blood vessels that supply the heart,
  • Life threatening staph infections,
  • Bacteremia, which is bloodstream infection,
  • Sepsis, which is a condition in which the body’s response to an infection damages the body,
  • Septic arthritis, which is joint trouble caused by the spread of an infection to a joint,
  • Irreversible fibrosis in heart tissue, which is a change in the heart tissue, leading to impaired performance of the heart,
  • Subacute bacterial endocarditis, which is an infection of the heart lining and valves that develops over a longer period of time than acute (sudden) bacterial endocarditis.

In his book Face Masks Hurt Kids, Lou Rockwell indicates some issues of wearing mask can be minor. Some issues are major. 

“The broad takeaway from this list for me is that there is no longer any way to say that a face mask is safe for any man, woman, or child to wear,” Rockwell wrote. “Masks are least safe for anyone frail such as the sick, the elderly, and children to wear.”

“There is no excuse to let a person force a mask on your child, not just to get through the door, not because I’m in a hurry, not to avoid an uncomfortable conversation, not just to visit grandma, and certainly not just to get through the day at school. Allowing such behavior is negligent and needs to be stopped. We need to have the hard conversations that stop it. We cannot keep avoiding the issue: people in authority demand the right to place this unquestionably harmful medical device on our children and on others.”

If we cannot summon the will and the wherewithal to stand up for the children in our lives, we have little hope of standing up for the rest of society.

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  1. Free Respirator from the Govt, my Observations

    My Blog Entry, above. There is Irony in it, not intended to degrade one of the companies that are making the N95 that the U.S. Govt is offering for free, they were truthful in description in the Literature they Provided, and they are not saying their Product does less than the “3M” or “Protect Life” (this is a Chinese Manufactured Respirator) N95s that I use.

    OSHA has this to say, in a Letter of Interpretation: “Respirator use of all kinds can cause alterations in breathing patterns, hypoventilation, retention of carbon dioxide, and an increase in workload on the body.”

    By all kinds, they mean N95 as well. I think that Double Masking should enter this area of concern.

    For 25 Years at work in Heavy Industry, I used a Respirator, some days all days, later in my career just as needed.

    When we breathe out, there is dormant Air in Our Lungs, Trachea, Sinuses, Mouth, etc., so a percentage of CO2 is retained even if no mask is used. In order to use an Elastomeric Mask (like we did at work, Rubber or Silicone, Half or Full Face, had Intake and Exhaust Valves, and used External Cartridges, Filters, or Combinations of both), we had to have a yearly Physical, Chest X-Ray, a Spirometry Test (for breathing), and a Fit Test for Each Size and Style Respirator we used. I had 3 Fit Tests each year, Half Face, Full Face, and SCBA Facepiece.

    One year, the Doctor at work told me that my Spirometry showed that I was breathing at less than 50% of the expected value. I contacted my Family Doctor, and he arranged for a PFT with DLCO (My wife had to tell me the name of the procedure, not usually on the tip of my tongue):

    “Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) measure how well your lungs take in and exhale air and how efficiently they transfer oxygen into the blood.
    There are 2 different commonly used pulmonary function tests:
    ● Spirometry – measures how much air you can breathe into your lungs (inhale) and how much air you can quickly blow out of your lungs (exhale)
    ● Diffusion capacity of carbon monoxide (DLCO) – reflects how efficiently the lungs transfer oxygen breathed in from the air into the bloodstream

    PFTs – are painless, and you will have time to rest between the different breathing measurements. The measurements may be repeated 2 or more times.”

    The Test was done inside a Sealed Testing Cubicle, that also uses the Archimedes Principle of Displacement coupled with Breathing Tests to assess the overall ability to breathe. That test showed I was breathing at 70% of the expected amount, much better than the 50% I was told at work. But I had to be assessed to use Respirators, and most people are being told to use the N95, because that’s the current thinking, but they are not being Medically Assessed.

    OSHA says that even N95s require the provisions of the Respirator Standard to be applied. To Require their use, a Company must have a Respirator Program, and Yearly “Medical Surveillance, Fit Testing, and Training”. That seems to be lacking in the govt’s push for Masks (it’s not required) and N95s (as discussed). I fully Agree that some people’s health may be jeopardized due to the un-monitored use of N95 Respirators, that all people may be jeopardized by the use of Respiratory Protection Products if they are contaminated and not changed as required. I have seen articles on Facial Infections of Impetigo, see “A case of goggle-mask-related impetigo at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic” on Wiley Online Library. This particular case is relatively mild, others were worse and more complicated in treating. One must think, though, that if the Masks are capable of generating these kinds of Infections, that other Infections must be possible as well.

    I am not a Doctor, my Screen Name is a Character in a 2001 Movie and I have used it for years.

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