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Study: Cold Weather Linked to Increase in Heart Attacks
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on September 08, 2013 @ 10:56PM
Created on September 08, 2013 @ 10:55PM

Temperatures might be warming up this week, but before you know it, the colder temperatures will be setting in, which means the leaves will be changing.

Eventually, old man winter will be on our doorstep dumping a lot of snow. Some of you like the cold, and others, not so much.

"I don't like the cold because it's chilly," said Ruth Weaver, who doesn't like the cold.

"I love the cold weather," said Glenda Mick, who loves the cold.

"I'm ready for it because it's been a rainy and humid summer," said Steve Chedester, who likes the cold.

Now that we have some reaction to the change in season, a new study may have you thinking with extra caution this fall and winter season.

A recent study by the European Society of Cardiology Congress links colder weather to stimulating the nervous system in the body, which essentially causes more stress, leading to high blood pressure, and even heart attacks.

The study specifically noted a 7% increase in heart attacks. Some of you say while this is shocking news, there are certain ways we can keep our blood pressure down.

"I try to de-stress myself. i think to myself, "in 5 years, will this all really matter?" said Weaver.

"I think church is a good way to de-stress and keep your blood pressure down," said Chedester.

The study also noted eating habits as well. Since it's colder, we usually eat more and exercise a lot less, which can also lead to higher cholesterol levels and a higher blood pressure.

Most people said as long as we watch what we eat, we shouldn't be too worried about our health this winter.

There are several ways you can help keep your blood pressure down this winter season. Officials say the best way to do that is to keep a log of your blood pressure daily, and to watch what you eat every day.

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