Climate change is very dangerous for our planet and for our lives, but it appears that we haven’t discovered all its effects so far. Scientists recently discovered that the health of babies is affected by climate change. More specifically, their hearts are the ones that are affected.
The study appeared in the Journal of the American Heart Association and it was published on January 30. It appears that unborn babies will suffer the consequences of global warming starting in 2025. The heat could lead to more babies born with heart defects.
The most affected area should be the Midwest, then the Northeast and followed by the South. Congenital heart defects already affect around 40,000 new-borns in the United States of America. This was communicated by a statement released by the American Heart Association.
Mothers should take caution
High temperatures are always dangerous for mothers, so it is recommended that they protect themselves. Other studies revealed that high temperatures during pregnancies can lead to an increased risk for congenital heart defects.
“Although this study is preliminary, it would be prudent for women in the early weeks of pregnancy to avoid heat extremes similar to the advice given to persons with cardiovascular and pulmonary disease during heart spells,” senior author Dr. Shao Lin, an associate director of environmental health services with the University at Albany, State University of New York, explained.
Between 2025 and 2035 climate change will increase temperature even more. According to researchers, between these years, there should be 7000 additional cases of congenital heart defects. As we already mentioned before, most cases will happen in the Midwest, while the rest will be in the Northeast and the South.
Therefore, future mothers should know that extreme heat is very dangerous and they should try their best to avoid it.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca