The Reason Heart Attacks Spike in the Winter

Researchers have found that heart attacks are more likely in below-freezing temperatures.

Looking for a reason to move to a city that’s always sunny and 75°F? Consider this for your justification: researchers have found that heart attacks are more likely to occur in frigid temperatures.

Analyzing 16 years of data on more than 280,000 heart attacks and the corresponding weather information, researchers found that the frequency of heart attacks was greater when the air temperature and atmospheric pressure were lower, wind speeds were higher, and durations of sunshine were shorter. Temperature appeared to play the greatest role in influencing the risk of heart attack: researchers noticed there was a higher incidence of heart attacks on days when the temperature dipped below freezing, but when temperatures increased to 37.4°F the frequency of heart attacks dropped. In fact, each time the temperature rose 13°F, the risk of heart attack declined by 2.8 percent.


Frigid temperatures can increase the risk of blood clots and heighten blood pressure by contracting blood vessels, leading to an increased likelihood of a heart attack. If you’re already at risk of a heart attack, bundle up when you go outdoors, which will make it less demanding for your body to stay warm and prevent the subsequent sharp increase in blood pressure and heart rate. You should also avoid strenuous activities that can raise your blood pressure, like shoveling or sledding -- if it’s absolutely necessary to dig your car out of the snow, take frequent breaks. Once you’re back indoors, sip on a hot beverage to return to a toasty temperature. But skip the coffee which has caffeine that can increase blood pressure in some people and don’t put any whiskey in your hot chocolate, as alcohol can temporarily raise blood pressure.

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7 Essential Items to Have for a Pandemic Date, According to a Relationship Expert

Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert Vikki Ziegler says you should treat COVID-19 like an STD.

Just when we thought relationships and dating could not get any more complicated, the pandemic took this matter to a whole new level. Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert, Vikki Ziegler receives an abundance of questions about this exact topic, every single day. Her fans and followers message her via her social media channels, in the hopes of finding the right way to safely date during these times. So, if this topic has crossed your mind, rest assured you are not alone.

For those who used to "swipe left and right," on the regular, Vikki recommends slowing down for the time being, no matter what type of antibacterial wipes are being used between your swipes. Serial dating during COVID-19 can be dangerous and also very selfish at the same time. This might be a good time to either take a break from dating altogether, or invest more time in one relationship and being monogamous, at least for right now. "Everyone should treat COVID-19 as they do an STD, while dating and practice safe EVERYTHING, even beyond just intimacy," says Ziegler. "This will simplify the process and make the do's and don'ts much less complex."

She recommends that new partners keep the dating virtual prior to both being tested and or having the vaccine. "Screendating" can still be both fun and safe at the same time. She suggests that you still wear your favorite new dress, get that fresh haircut or blowout and act as though you are still going out, even if the date is happening in the privacy of your own home. She has suggested some ideas such as virtual movie nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and the most obvious, the at-home and virtual dining date. This would entail both partners ordering food to each of their respective homes, but using the same menu as if they were dining in person.

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