HIGH TEMPERATURES AND DAILY DEATHS FROM DISEASES OF THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM REGISTERED IN CHIȘINĂU MUNICIPALITY

Authors

  • Ala Overcenco National Public Health Agency, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova
  • Cătălina Croitoru State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Nicolae Testemiţanu”, Chișinău, Republic of Moldova https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7411-2393

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4173537

Keywords:

high temperatures, daily deaths, diseases of the circulatory system, prevention

Abstract

Objectives. Climate change is a topic of major importance, discussed extensively by politicians, businessmen, environmentalists, society and the media. They take place in oceans, soil, open and closed environments. Climate change has many effects on health, and the health sector is one of the main links in the conduct of these clinical conditions. Doctors are specialists who could help raise public awareness of climate change and its impact on health. The aim of the study was focused on determining the link between high air temperatures and deaths from diseases of the circulatory system.

Material and methods. A retrospective study was carried out, focusing on the estimation of general mortality and deaths from circulatory system diseases, using daily data on deaths and air temperature in Chișinău, during the summer 2001-2015.

Results. The high temperatures during the summer, in the last 15 years (2001-2015), have increased the number of deaths in Chișinău. During high air temperatures, the main nosological groups of noncommunicable diseases, which represent in total over 70% of the causes of death, are neoplasms (C00-D48), diseases of the respiratory system (J00-J99), diseases of the circulatory system (I00-I99) and diseases of the digestive system (K00-K93). The largest contribution to total mortality (~50%) is circulatory system diseases.

Conclusions. Weak but reliable statistical relationships have been established between high temperatures and deaths from circulatory system diseases.

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Published

2020-11-01

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SCIENTIFIC STUDIES