Over the past few decades, the world has seen a dramatic environmental change. World population growth is expected to reach 9.7 billion people by 2050. As a result, human impact on the environment will continue to increase rapidly: greenhouse gas emissions, land use changes, water shortages, deforestation, and more. But one of the most concerning aspects of this shift is its impact on human health, especially heart health. According to the statistics, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Let's figure out whether these two facts are connected and how we can monitor actual heart conditions daily to prevent negative future outcomes.
As temperatures rise, natural ecosystems are disrupted, and animal migration patterns are altered, which can lead to increased contact between animals and humans and an increased risk for disease transmission. In addition, hot and humid climates can provide an ideal environment for mosquitoes and other disease-transmitting insects to thrive.
As a result, diseases such as malaria and dengue fever are becoming more common across large swathes of the globe. Climate change increases weather extremes such as heat waves and cold spells. Extreme temperatures strain your heart because your body has to work harder than average to regulate its temperature. Additionally, extreme weather events such as floods or hurricanes can expose you to dangerous pollutants that could further increase your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. All these factors influence your heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), stress, and energy levels.
Air pollution has long been linked to many respiratory illnesses, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis, and emphysema. Recent studies have also shown that air pollution impacts higher rates of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Fortunately, there are many tools to get accurate results. The Heartify App uses PPG technology to enlighten the figure tissue through the camera and provide you with results whenever you are.
Water contamination is another primary concern when it comes to public health. Water contains pollutants that can enter your body when you drink or come into contact with the water through swimming or bathing. These pollutants can lead to illnesses ranging from mild gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea or vomiting to severe life-threatening diseases like cholera or dysentery. These conditions can also trigger inflammation, leading to cardiovascular problems such as high cholesterol levels, stroke, heart attack, or even death. That is why it is essential to implement daily healthy habits. 84% of users feel that Heartify improves their self-care skills, and 82% feel healthier after using Heartify.
What Should We Do?
We can reduce our exposure by reducing reliance on fossil fuels for energy production and help reduce air pollution from burning these fuels, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Additionally, improving access to clean water sources is essential for reducing exposure to contaminants which can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).
We should also be aware of the potential health risks associated with certain chemicals used in everyday products like generic cleaning supplies or pesticides; these should be used sparingly whenever possible. Finally, educating people about healthy lifestyle habits like eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking and alcohol consumption is vital for preventing CVDs. Remember regular checkups with the doctor.
The Heartify App helps you better understand how lifestyle factors affect your heart health by tracking vital metrics such as heart health, HRV, stress levels, and energy levels over time. This allows you to make informed decisions about what changes to make to stay ahead of any potential issues that could arise with your heart health. What's more? The App makes it easy for you to access all this data from anywhere—so there's no excuse not to stay on top of things!
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