If you are living in a province where snowfall is pretty common, then scientists have a bad news in store for you. A new Canadian study has come up with the suggestion that, men, living in highly snowfall-prone areas are more vulnerable to heart attacks. As highlighted by the new study, conducted by a team of Canadian researchers, people should be careful while taking the step out from home after heavy snowfall, because the days next to heavy snowfall transmit a high threat of heart attack for men.
A group of scientists from the University of Montreal, Canada, found that the following days of heavy snowfall are linked to a higher risk of heart attack in men. For which men stepping out from home during such days should be careful. As per the study, the cause behind this unexpected phenomenon is the excessive laborious activities done by men such as shovelling snow, post the heavy snowfall.
According to Professor Nathalie Auger of the University of Montreal, and the lead author of the study, “Thus far, the risk of snow shovelling causing increased risks of heart attack was only mentioned in the theories, among the vast populace. But with the new detailed survey, we found that snowfall shovelling is linked with heart attack risks among men more than of women.”
The researchers, for conducting the study collected data from November through April of 1981 to 2014, involving a total of 128,073 hospital admissions and 68,155 deaths attributable to a heart attack in Quebec. After data gathering, they compared that data with the climatic condition information throughout the respective timeline. Comparing both sets of information, they found the highest number of the incidences of hospital admissions and deaths to take place immediately after heavy snowfalls, 60% of which were men. They also found two to three days periods of stronger snowfalls to be extremely harsh and causing severe heart attacks among men.
In the study paper, the researchers have blamed snow shovelling as the primary cause of this intensifying heart attack risks among men.