Last winter, a research team at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles discovered some surprising statistics when comparing heart health to winter weather. Using four years of death certificates from seven locations throughout the United States (about 1.7 million cases), they found that death rates were up to 36 percent higher between the months of January through March, regardless of the area.
But what is it about the winter months that cause increased cardiovascular risks? While there’s no clear-cut explanation for the increased death rates, we do have some ideas as to the reasons behind winter weather danger. For starters, strenuous activity in cold weather can cause more stress on your body and overexertion increases your risk of heart attack. People with coronary heart disease need to be especially careful, as cold weather can cause chest pain.
Most importantly, if you’re concerned about your heart health this winter, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your risks.
How are you keeping heart healthy in these cold months? Share your tips and strategies in the comments section below.