Increasing temperatures from climate change may harm babies’ hearts
New report finds a rise in maternal heat exposure could mean more congenital heart disease for US babies over the next decade
Increasing temperatures from climate change could drive up the number of babies born with congenital heart defects, warns a new study from the Journal of the American Heart Association.
The report, released today, warns that heat exposure for mothers across the U.S. is set to rise. Previous research has found a link between pregnant women’s heat exposure and congenital heart defects in their babies. Congenital heart defects affect about 40,000 babies in the U.S. annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The researchers estimated the number of births to take place from 2025 to 2035 and the expected increase in maternal heat exposure as a result of warming temperatures,…
This news is related to one of the 12 themes of the global conference on health and climate change of the international movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.