No one is likely to argue with me when I say that winter, with its bone-chilling cold temperatures, can be quite uncomfortable at times.
But, it turns out, those dropping temps can do much more than just make you uncomfortable; they could literally kill you.
With the arrival of wintery cold weather comes a frightening warning for those with heart problems.
When temps go down heart attack risk goes up
Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) completed a study that found what was called a small, but significant, rise in heart-attack risk when the temperatures drop outside.
The study, published on the British Medical Journal website, concluded that for each 1-degree Celsius drop in temperature on a single day there are an associated 200 extra heart attacks. (Yes, I’d say it’s safe to call that a significant rise in risk.)
The team at LSHTM analyzed data on 84,010 hospital admissions in England and Wales for heart attacks during 2003 to 2006 and the daily temperatures in 15 specific geographical regions in the two countries.
After adjusting for such factors as influenza, air pollution, and both long-term and seasonal trends, it found that a 1-degree temperature drop equated to a 2% increase in one’s risk of experiencing a heart attack within 28 days, with the most dangerous time being within two weeks of exposure to the drop.
The researchers found that those most at risk where between the ages of 75 and 84 and those who had previous heart issues.
If you or someone you care about is in one of these higher risk groups, it’s a good idea to start preparing now.
So, how exactly do you do that?
Try to limit your time outdoors during periods when the temperatures are actively dropping and be sure to bundle up when you do need to go out.
Supplements are also an excellent way to strengthen your heart and prep for the cold months ahead.
4 supplement combo can slash heart attack risk
In fact, a recent Israeli study found that a specific four-antioxidant combo can have a major impact on heart disease.
A group receiving a daily:
- 1,000 mg of vitamin C,
- 400 IU of vitamin E,
- 200 mcg of selenium,
- and 120 mg of coenzyme Q10
…showed a significant improvement in “good cholesterol”, blood-sugar levels, and arterial elasticity (so, in other words, less risk of a heart attack).
HealthierTalk.com contributor Dr. Allan Spreen also recommends that you add 500 to 800 mg of magnesium to the mix as well.
Who would have guessed that Old Man Winter had such a mean streak?