Forbes June 21, 2024
Anuradha Varanasi

According to a recent JAMA Cardiology study, climate change impacts like extreme temperatures, hurricanes, and dust storms are linked to a higher prevalence of cardiovascular disease and even increases in deaths caused by heart conditions.

“This study highlights the need for health systems to anticipate and address climate change–related threats to their infrastructure. This will require regular vulnerability assessments and implementation of resilience plans for operations and facilities, such as installing backup flood-resistant power generators,” the authors explained. “Careful attention should be paid to supply chains, as disruptions may have widespread consequences. For example, when Hurricane Maria’s landfall in Puerto Rico led to protracted national intravenous fluid shortages.”

Lead author Chia-Liang Lu Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, and...

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