Extreme weather and air pollution effects on cardiovascular and respiratory hospital admissions in Cyprus

H. Tsangari, A. K. Paschalidou, A. P. Kassomenos, S. Vardoulakis, C. Heaviside, K. E. Georgiou, E. N. Yamasaki

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Abstract

In many regions of the world, climatic change is associated with increased extreme temperatures, which can have severe effects on mortality and morbidity. In this study, we examine the effect of extreme weather on hospital admissions in Cyprus, for inland and coastal areas, through the use of synoptic weather classifications (air mass types). In addition, the effect of particulate air pollution (PM10) on morbidity is examined. Our results show that two air mass types, namely (a) warm, rainy days with increased levels of water vapour in the atmosphere and (b) cold, cloudy days with increased levels of precipitation, were associated with increased morbidity in the form of hospital admissions. This was true both for cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, for all age groups, but particularly for the elderly, aged over 65. Particulate air pollution was also associated with increased morbidity in Cyprus, where the effect was more pronounced for cardiovascular diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-253
Number of pages7
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume542
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • Air mass types
  • Cardiovascular/respiratory diseases
  • Heat waves
  • Hospital admissions
  • Particulate air pollution
  • Public health

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