Russian scientists will study the influence of climate change on health

A group of Russian scientists is working on a study of various aspects of the impact of climate change on the health of Russians living in different geographical areas, said Wednesday at a press conference, the chief cardiologist Health Minister, Director General, Russian Cardiology Research and Production Complex Eugene Chazov. "Now three scientific organizations create a program" Health and Climate "," — said Chazov commenting impact of hot summer 2010 on the health of Russians.

According to the doctor and scientist, in August last year has given the increase in mortality in the 56 000 cases compared with August 2009.

"When we began to analyze the picture in the complex, it was found that in some regions of the Russian mortality is higher in spring, and in other regions — in the winter.'ll Explore why so" — said Chazov.

Speaking of the most significant factors affecting the cardiovascular system of Russians, the doctor called the managed and unmanaged reasons. The former include alcoholism, smoking, unhealthy lifestyle and low physical activity. "Physical activity in young today is 3-4 times lower than that of our generation. Exercises replace the computer or TV," — said Chazov.

The second group of risk factors, he took the psychosocial aspects: scientists have found a direct relationship between economic and social disruption and increased number of heart attacks and strokes in the population. Largely to the great social pressure on young people who need to support themselves for shelter, food, work, Chazov binds and that heart disease in Russia every year "younger".

World Heart Day 2011 is celebrated in September 29. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular diseases every year take away 17.1 million lives. In partnership with WHO, the World Heart Federation organizes events in more than 100 countries, including health checks, organized walks, runs and fitness sessions, public talks, stage shows, scientific forums, exhibitions, concerts, festivals and sporting events.


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