Scientists warn of worsening heart disease as global temperatures rise

Scientists warn of worsening heart disease , In chronic heart failure, the heart is unable to pump blood around the body as efficiently as it should.

Scientists warn of worsening heart disease as global temperatures rise

This allows waste products to accumulate, resulting in symptoms such as lung congestion, fluid buildup, edema, fluid retention, fatigue, dizziness, and irregular or rapid heartbeats. Medicines such as diuretics, also known as water pills, are prescribed to people with heart failure to increase their urine output to help reduce any breathlessness and swelling. Scientists warn of worsening , These medications increase the amount of water and salt that is expelled from the body in urine. During the summer of 2019, Europe experienced an extreme heatwave, particularly in France. Researchers at the University of Montpellier hypothesized there would be changes in weight among individuals with heart conditions during a heatwave and that these changes could be assessed using telemonitoring. A journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), examines the relationship between body weight and air temperature among people with heart disease. Current ECS guidelines recommend that people with heart conditions should increase their diuretic dose or contact their doctor if they experience a change in symptoms or a sudden unexpected weight gain, as this can indicate a worsening of their condition. The telemonitoring protocol requires individuals to weigh themselves and input data into an electronic system, often using a smartphone. However, this method could impact both compliance and data collection if people are not instructed on how to input data correctly or if they simply forget to do so.

A benefit of telemonitoring is that it quickly transfers data to the clinic, where doctors and healthcare professionals can be alerted to take relevant action if necessary. For the present study, researchers collected and analyzed data from people with heart disease using a system managed by CDM e-Health, an electronic chronic disease management system. They looked at data from June 2019 to September 2019 to assess the effects of two heatwaves that occurred during this period. Researchers studied the association between people’s weight, the ambient temperature on the same day, and the temperature two days prior to the weight measurement. Scientists warn of worsening , They found a strong association between temperature and weight, with weight dropping as the temperature rose. The researchers noted that the strongest relationship was found with temperatures two days prior to the weight measurement. Dr. François Roubille, Ph.D., president-elect of the Heart Failure group from the French Society of Cardiology (FSC) and lead author of the study, told Medical News Today that “extreme temperature could have an effect on patients, especially those with heart failure.”

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