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Winter heart attacks not sparked by cold

Published: Monday, Aug. 3 2015 9:39 p.m. MDT

March 2010, Annalise Sandburg walks with her dog Pi at Liberty Park. Local researchers have found that people who are Vitamin D deficient and are able to boost their levels through supplements or better sun exposure cut their risk for cardiovascular disease and a host of other chronic conditions. Scientists are studying if the lack of Vitamin D is the cause of so many cardiovascular deaths in the wintertime. (Scott G Winterton Deseret News.) March 2010, Annalise Sandburg walks with her dog Pi at Liberty Park. Local researchers have found that people who are Vitamin D deficient and are able to boost their levels through supplements or better sun exposure cut their risk for cardiovascular disease and a host of other chronic conditions. Scientists are studying if the lack of Vitamin D is the cause of so many cardiovascular deaths in the wintertime. (Scott G Winterton Deseret News.)

Our take: Cardiovascular deaths increase during wintertime at 18 percent, causing scientists to analyze this connection. Chris Kaiser, from ABC News reports on the scientists findings:

"Escaping to a warmer climate might not necessarily keep you from suffering a heart attack in the 'winter months,' researchers found.

An analysis of seasonal deaths in seven regions in the U.S. with very different climates found that all-cause and cardiovascular deaths during December and January remained consistently high across all regions, according to Dr. Bryan Schwartz of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and Dr. Robert A. Kloner of Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles."

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