New York: People living in green areas are less likely to develop heart disease, according to new research. The new findings of the research were presented at the ESC Congress 2021.
William Aitken of the University of Miami in the US said, “It was remarkable that these associations emerged in just five years, a relatively short time for a positive environmental impact,” adding that “higher levels of greenness were associated with lower heart rates” over time. position and stroke, both when an area maintains high greenness and when greenness increases” he added
For the study, the team included 2,43,558 US Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older who lived in the same area of Miami from 2011 to 2016. Medicare records were used to obtain the incidence of new heart conditions during the five-year study, including heart disease. Attacks, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, ischemic heart disease, hypertension and stroke/transient ischemic attack.
The team analyzed the odds of developing any new heart disease and the number of new heart conditions based on block-level greenness. Among participants who developed a cardiovascular condition during follow-up, areas with high greenness developed 4 percent fewer new diseases than blocks with low greenness.