Rising temperatures will also increase heart disease, experts say
Montreal: Canadian experts warn that global warming could increase the risk of heart disease, with older people living in poorer countries more likely to be affected.
He made the discovery after re-examining various studies on the relationship between extreme heat and disease.
He says the rise in heart disease is not limited to heat waves, but the rise in average summer temperatures is leading to an increase in heart disease.
This risk is especially high for the elderly who do not have access to facilities such as room coolers and air conditioners to escape the heat. While a large number of them live in poor countries.
It should be noted that so far we have known that the death rate increases during extreme heat, but these deaths are due to various reasons, including heart disease.
However, this is the first study to find a general link between rising temperatures and heart disease.
Experts at the Montreal Heart Institute, Canada, say that as summer temperatures rise, heart disease is on the rise.
This means that heart disease is not necessarily more prevalent in the heatwave alone, but that an increase in the average summer temperature can increase the risk of heart disease.
The study, published in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, found that with the rise in average summer temperatures, heart attacks, strokes and sudden cardiac arrest (heart failure) occurred. The number of such incidents has increased significantly.
“At the moment we don’t know for sure why this happens, but it’s clear that rising temperatures have definitely increased the risk of various heart diseases,” said Dr. Daniel Gagnon, who conducted the study. Is one of the main authors.
Earlier, a report in the medical research journal “The Lancet” stated that in 2019, there were an estimated 356,000 deaths worldwide due to extreme heat.
Recent research, particularly on heart disease, has warned that if global warming is not stopped, heart disease could spiral out of control in the years to come.