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Higher risk of heart failure in cold weather

September 26, 2017

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Could decreases in temperature cause heart failure and death?

An increase in hospitalization and death in elderly patients with heart failure could be associated with changes in temperature and atmospheric pressure, according to a new study in Environment International. The authors of the study say elderly with heart failure should avoid fog and low cloud in the winter as a preventive measure.

Previous research has shown that changes in the weather can affect the health of vulnerable people — for example, heat waves and cold spells have been shown to increase disease and even lead to death in people from low-income neighborhoods.

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