Researchers suggest using urban city design to promote heart health: Study

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New Delhi, May 20 (ANI): Cities harbour a dangerous cocktail of environmental stressors which politicians must tackle to save lives and preserve health- says the conclusion of a new paper. The paper was published in the European Heart Journal, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). "By 2050, three in four people will live in cities, where up to 80% of energy is consumed and 70% of greenhouse gases are emitted," said study author Professor Thomas Munzel of the University Medical Centre Mainz, Germany. "There are limited actions that individuals can take to protect themselves from pollutants so politicians and policymakers need to take on this responsibility." Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality in Europe, accounting for 47% and 39% of all deaths in women and men, respectively.2 The World Health Organization (WHO) regional office for Europe has advocated urban planning which supports cycling and walking and improves air quality. The proposal, supported by the ESC, is a step towards meeting the WHO's target of a 25% relative reduction in premature mortality from cardiovascular disease by 2025 (compared to 2010). "While cities have been an engine of innovation and wealth, they are also a source of pollution and disease," states today's paper. It sums up the evidence for the connections between bad air, noise, temperature, outdoor light and cardiovascular disease.

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