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Heat and risk of myocardial infarction: hourly level case-crossover analysis of MINAP database

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8050 (Published 13 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8050

Re: Heat and risk of myocardial infarction: hourly level case-crossover analysis of MINAP database

This article opens a addresses a very interesting debate of the effects of climate change on the health as a whole and cardiovascular health in particular. We know that since the industrial revolution, the cardiovascular disease burden has significantly increased which has been attributed to various factors. Now the interesting point would be is the increasing air temperature as a result of climate change also contributes? Also in developing countries,especially in Asia,where population are ar greater risk of cardiovascular health problems, the relatively high temperatures of the regions may also be a contributing factor. This opens a whole new area for research to understand the pathology and epidemiology of these illnesses in particular climates.

Competing interests: No competing interests
28 December 2012
Abid Ullah
Cardiology SpR
Warrington hospital
Warrington hospital
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