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31st October 2018
Weather and Elevated Heart Attack Risk

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Freezing outdoor temperatures is associated with an elevated risk for heart attack but weather conditions independent of the cold can also be triggers, suggests a cohort study from across Sweden.

For STEMI and NSTEMI combined, lower daily air temperature, lower atmospheric air pressure, higher wind velocity, and shorter duration of sunshine appeared to be independent triggers among the 274,029 patients in the SWEDEHEART registry cohort.

The strongest association was observed for air temperature, with a higher incidence of MI on days with air temperatures less than 0°C, with rates of MI declining when temperatures rose to greater than 3°C to 4°C," (October 24 in JAMA Cardiology) more

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Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 31st October 2018

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Physical activity essential to ward off potential diseases
Studies indicate that about 52% Indians are physically inactive
New Delhi, 30th October 2018: A recent study has indicated that sedentary lifestyle is worse for one’s health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease. While it is common knowledge that physical inactivity is a leading cause of disease and disability, the study emphasizes the extent to which it can impact health. There is an increased risk associated with poor cardiorespiratory fitness which is comparable to or even exceeded that of traditional clinical risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Recently, another study published in The Lancet found that 4 out of 10 Indians were not sufficiently active. Some studies have even said that 52% of Indians are physically inactive.

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