Winter months more likely for heart attacks, American Heart Assoc. says
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
We've all heard about the "winter blues", but, new research from the American Heart Association says it could be killing us.
New research shows you're up to 36 percent more likely to die from a heart attack in the winter months. It's theorized that colder weather might increase blood vessel constriction and raise blood pressure, leading to an increase in heart deaths during the winter months.
A local cardiologist sees even more factors in the cases he studies.
"The temperature doesn't have much correlation with heart attacks, but it tends to be associated with depression, people exercise less during the winter, and their diets change during the winter as well. Also compliance with their medications tends to go down in the winter as well," Steve Krause, Director of Cardiac Catheterization at Blessing Hospital, said.
Dr. Krause says if you do think you are having a heart attack, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.