Analysis of Environment and Behavior on Heart Health in Ukraine

Madysen Gromer and Dr. Margaret Eggers, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Montana State University, P.O. Box 173148 Bozeman, MT 59717-3148

Analysis of Environment and Behavior on Heart Health in Ukraine

Ukraine has extreme rates of cardiovascular disease and deaths associated with this disease. From University of Washington’s VizHub database, it was noted that Ukraine has the most extreme rate of deaths due to this disease in the region. This research investigated why this disease is so prevalent in Ukraine and to find probable causes or links. Finding the connection is critical in understanding potential sources that contribute to the problem globally and how to correct the problem to prevent further issues in Ukraine. Information was obtained through literature reviews and data analysis from VizHub and real time air quality maps. There appears to be significant connections between air pollution and smoking rates to cardiovascular diseases in Ukraine. It was found that 10% of women and 57% of men are smokers in Ukraine and 7% and 21% of were former smokers, respectively, ranking Ukraine at 5th place in countries with the highest tobacco use. Ukraine was also found to have air quality that ranges from moderate to unhealthy due to burning organic materials directly in the city, increased humidity, and many industrial factors. Looking at the data, it is apparent that these two factors in Ukraine begin to explain the prevalence. It is pertinent to continue finding explanations behind the extreme rates such as genetic connections or other lifestyle choices, but it does give researchers and health care professionals a great starting point. Through education and putting policy in place to reduce air pollution by regulating industry and smoke pollution, this problem may begin to be resolved.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Madysen Gromer

Institution: Montana State University Bozeman

Type: Poster

Subject: Global Health

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5082