It seems that climate change might break hearts in the near future. Verbatim.
A new study published in Journal of the American Heart Association on Wednesday reveals ways that more intense heat and longer heat events as a result of our warming world will affect pregnant mothers and their unborn babies. Briefly: The US will see more newborn infants with heart defects by 2025, especially in the south, northeast and middle east.
In preliminary work, data from the National Study on the Prevention of Family Injury, the largest such species, has been drawn up, which has seen around 482,000 births per year from California to Arkansas from 1997 to 2007. The authors then linked this data with climate models to project how the number of heart failure changes in a warmer world.
Congenital heart defects occur when the baby's heart does not develop properly. This may include a hole in the heart or some pertussive valves. It's not easy; it is the leading cause of infant mortality and morbidity in the United States and affects about 40,000 newborns per year.
"Our findings highlight the alarming impact of climate change on human health and emphasize the need for better readiness to address the expected growth in a complex condition that often requires lifelong care and monitoring," said senior author Shao Lin, a professor at the University. at the Albany Public Health School, a statement said.
Western states do not see much increase in rates of these innate deficits; the study estimates less than 20 additional cases between 2025 and 2035. In the south and northeast, however, more than 2,000 additional cases may occur in each region between these years. This represents an increase of 12 percent and 38 percent in various birth defects in the south and northeast.
This study is based on previous studies that found a link between exposure to mother heat and birth defects. The team also controls maternal race, level of education, body mass index, and family history to ensure that they have not distorted any result. The study does not take into account the potential heat adjustment that people can experience in this time frame. It also relies on a unique climate scenario, which is not ideal, but the authors argue that this trend should appear in any climatic scenario where temperatures grow.
And they will rise. The purpose of this study is to inform public health professionals to prepare and save as many newborns as possible.