Watch out: Cold weather can kill you

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In yet another of the huge number or interesting studies presented recently at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, in Barcelona, Spain, researchers from Sweden looked at a huge number of heart attacks in that country’s fabulous central health register and concluded that the colder it gets, the higher the number of heart attacks.

Why?

Well, as usual, the researchers can’t say exactly – it may be the cold itself that leads to blood vessel problems (that’s my bet) or it could be due to changes in lifestyle that people make when it gets cold – and it sure gets cold in Sweden – such as, for example, doing less exercise (no fun to run on da tundra, I’m sure, and dangerous to boot) or perhaps drinking more alcohol to deal with the bloody cold and very dark nights.

Whatever the reason, though, cold weather definitely means more heart problems, particularly, of course, in people who are already more at risk of cardiovascular complications.

So, bottom line, Canucks army: it also gets very cold in Canada, colder in some parts than others, of course, so every true-blooded Canadian should take that link into account when deciding how to conduct themselves in the upcoming cold season.

I know what I’m going to do – same thing I’ve done for years: To reduce my risk of heart attack during the winter, I always get my wife to shovel whatever snow we happen to get here in Vancouver.

She’s in much better shape than I am, after all.

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