Climate change and the rise in temperature it can cause can increase the number of children born with cardiac abnormalities in the US over the next two decades, according to a report released on Wednesday.
A study by the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that high temperatures can cause approximately 7,000 additional cases of congenital heart disease (CHD) for 11 years.
The research was published in the specialized magazine Open Access, AHA, and refers to the states of Arkansas, California, North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa, New York, Texas and Utah.
The worrying impact of climate change on health
"Our findings underline the alarming impact of climate change on human health and underline the need to improve preparedness to achieve the expected increase"Says Shao Lin, a professor at Public Health Schools University of Albania in New York and lead author of the study.
The data obtained are based on "Projection of the number of births in the United States between 2025 and 2035 and the projected increase in average heat exposure for mothers in different regions due to global climate change", explains the report.
Researchers used NASA and Goddard Institute for Space Studies as well as other studies that evaluated the effect of heat exposure and heart defects between 1997 and 2007.
The survey assumes that the data takes into account the historical number of days of excessive heat as well as the frequency and duration of extreme high temperature events in the studied areas.
To prevent CHD cases, a "A complex state that often requires care and monitoring throughout life", a study suggests "Reasonable for women in the first weeks of pregnancy to avoid extreme heat",
"It is important for our doctors to advise pregnant women and all those who plan to become pregnant about how important it is to avoid extreme heat especially between three and eight weeks after conception (which is) a critical period of pregnancy"Lin said. EFEverde