Weather can play a role in a chance of a heart attack, a study finds.

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Research finds that weather plays role in chance of heart attack

November 07, 2018 - 5:30 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There are certain times of the day and week that people are more likely to have a heart attack, for instance, Monday morning is a particularly tough time. 

Now, there is news from the JAMA Cardiology Journal which has found that the weather can play a big role. 

Heart attacks varied based on air temperature, atmospheric air pressure, wind speed and hours of sunshine on a given day. 

The researchers from the University of Michigan found that heart attacks appear to occur most frequently in the more extreme weather, particularly cold, wintry weather. Decreased barometric pressure and increased wind speed also heighten the risk. 

Not surprisingly, the more daylight and sunny hours, the lower the risk.