Cold weather may increase risk of heart failure

Winter is round the corner and senior citizens with a heart condition are advised to avoid exposure to winter fog as far as possible. A new study has found a link between change in temperature and atmospheric pressure and an increase in hospitalisation and death of elderly heart patients.


The authors of the study say elderly with heart problems should avoid fog and low cloud in the winter as a preventive measure.


The study, led by researchers at Universite Laval and Universite de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, reveals the impact of changes in temperature and air pressure on heart patients.


Lead author Pierre Gosselin from Universitie Laval in Canada said that doctors rarely take the weather forecast into account when treating or making recommendations to heart patients.


“So with the extreme differences in temperature due to climate change, we wanted to show how the weather is becoming a more relevant factor,” Gosselin added.

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