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"Winter, Serious as a Heart Attack!"

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Posted: Nov 14, 2012 7:57 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Winter heart-related issues. Cold weather-constricted arteries.

During the winter months, episodes of heart attack were attributed to snow shoveling. The American Heart Association's Scientific Session, held recently in Los Angeles, determined that people are more likely to die from heart-related issues in winter, regardless of snow and extreme cold. Researchers from Good Samaritan Hospital reviewed death certificates from 2005 through 2008 in seven cities with different types of winter temperatures. The study did not focus on what may have caused winter deaths as researchers contend the constriction of blood vessels raise blood pressure due to colder temperatures. Circulatory deaths or deaths by heart attacks, heart failure, heart disease and stroke increased 36% from summer rates. Experts believe people are unhealthier in the winter due to the inability to exercise and attention to early symptoms.

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