Now that we’ve rounded the corner into May, I can’t help but sigh with relief as warmer temperatures start to become the norm. Perhaps this is finally the end of what has felt like an endless winter…
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Apart from a few unseasonably warm days this past winter, cold temps stuck around way past their welcome this year. I wonder if we’ll even get a proper spring at all… or if Mother Nature just plans to skip right to summer.
But according to a new study, there may be more cause for concern over this never-ending string of crazy weather reports than simply which jacket to wear.
According to new research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th Annual Scientific Session, large swings in day-to-day temperatures have been linked to a significant spike in heart attacks.
It’s long been known that cold weather can take a deadly toll on your heart. But this is the first study to look at the impact of sudden temperature changes — and the findings are concerning, to say the least.
This study looked at data from more than 30,000 patients at 45 hospitals in Michigan between 2010 and 2016. All of the subjects had received stents to open clogged arteries after suffering the most serious form of heart attack.
Researchers calculated the temperature fluctuations leading up to each heart attack. They measured the difference between the highest and lowest temperatures on the day of the heart event. And they found that for every 9-degree temperature swing, heart attack risk jumped by five percent.
The effect on heart health was most pronounced on days with temperature swings greater than 45-degree difference — especially on warmer days with higher-than-average temperatures.
In other words, a heart event is most likely to occur on days when the temperatures goes from near-freezing the night before and soars to 80ºF. (And I can recall at least one of those just in the last six weeks.)
The researchers aren’t sure why these huge swings might trigger heart attacks. They can’t even confirm that it’s really even the temperature — and not a combination of other factors — that’s behind this trend. (Like I’m always telling you, correlation should never be confused with causation.)
But it’s not exactly a stretch to assume that wild weather could put significant stress on your body — enough to spark some serious problems. And given the steadily mounting concerns over climate change, this is bad news for everybody.
At the end of the day, you can’t do anything about the weather forecast. But there is a whole lot you can do to protect yourself from the stress that nature’s increasingly common mood swings put on your heart.
In fact, I’ve started working on an online learning tool that will equip you with drug-free, heart-healing strategies. I’ll keep you posted on my progress and you’ll be the first to know when this life-saving program is ready. So stayed tuned right here for the latest updates.