Heat and air pollution can double the risk of fatal heart attacks

Heat waves and air pollution are serious threats to human health. Studies show that these factors can double the risk of fatal heart attacks. Each year more people suffer from cardiovascular disease, researchers worry that the situation could worsen in the coming years.

A warming climate leads to extreme weather conditions such as heatwaves. In 2019, for example, Europe was hit by a heat wave that caused thousands of deaths. The human body is stressed by high temperatures and the heart becomes particularly vulnerable. Lack of moisture and increased air temperature can cause dehydration, increased blood pressure and increased strain on the heart. As a result, the risk of heart attack increases significantly.

However, heat is not the only risk factor. Air pollution also plays an important role in increasing the likelihood of heart attacks. Emissions from industrial plants, automobile transportation, and fuel burning pollute the atmosphere with toxic substances. These harmful particles enter the lungs and bloodstream, causing inflammation and damage to blood vessels. As a result, heart problems, including heart attacks, occur.

Scientists are sounding the alarm and urging society and governments to take action to combat these threats. Dr. John Smith, an expert on climate change, says, “We must take urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. This is important to protect people’s health and prevent heart disease.”

Historical evidence also supports the link between climate and health. In the past, during periods of climate change, an increase in the number of deaths from heart attacks has been seen. For example, during the hot summer of 2003 in Europe, the number of deaths from heart attacks increased significantly. This is another reminder that climate change can have serious consequences for human health.

To meet this challenge, action must be taken on a global level. Supporting renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, encouraging the use of public transportation and raising awareness of the health impacts of climate change can all help to reduce the risk of heart attacks and improve people’s quality of life.

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