Global warming and heat waves risks for cardiovascular diseases: A position paper of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology

Translated title of the contribution: Aquecimento global, ondas de calor e risco de doenças cardiovasculares: documento de posição da Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia

Daniel Caldeira, Hélder Dores, Fátima Franco, Sérgio Bravo Baptista, Sofia Cabral, Maria do Carmo Cachulo, António Peixeiro, Rui Rodrigues, Mário Santos, Ana Teresa Timóteo, Luis Campos, João Vasconcelos, Paulo Jorge Nogueira, Lino Gonçalves

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Abstract

Global warming is a result of the increased emission of greenhouse gases. This climate change consequence threatens society, biodiversity, food and resource availability. The consequences in health involve the increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease and cardiovascular mortality. In this position paper we summarize the data from the main studies that assessed the risks of temperature increase or heat waves in CV events (CV mortality, myocardial infarction, heart failure, stroke, and CV hospitalizations), as well as the data concerning air pollution as an enhancer of temperature-related CV risks. The data currently supports that global warming/heat waves (extreme temperatures) are cardiovascular threats. Achieving the neutrality in the emissions to prevent global warming is essential and it is likely to have an effect in the global health, including the cardiovascular health. Simultaneously, urgent step is required to adapt the society and individual to this new climate context potentially harmful for the cardiovascular health. Multidisciplinary teams should plan and intervene in heat-related healthcare and advocate for environmental health policy change.



Translated title of the contributionAquecimento global, ondas de calor e risco de doenças cardiovasculares: documento de posição da Sociedade Portuguesa de Cardiologia
Original languageMultiple languages
Pages (from-to)1017 - 1024
JournalRevista Portuguesa de Cardiologia
Volume42
Issue number12
Early online date8 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Keywords

  • Global warming
  • Heatwave
  • Air pollution
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Burden of disease
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Ischemic heart disease

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