Humidity raises heart attack risk in the elderly

Source: Armenian Medical Network
July 2006

Humidity is a key factor affecting death rates for people over 70 years old, study shows.
High humidity can increase the risk of a heart attack in the elderly even in relatively mild climates, according to the study “Climate Impacts on Myocardial infarction deaths in the Athens Territory: the CLIMATE” recently published in The Heart Journal (Heart 2006;92:1747-1751).

Scientists studied deaths by heart attack in Athens, Greece in 2001 and found that humidity was one of the most important factors influencing average monthly death rates from heart attacks for people over 70. “It was linearly associated with heart attack deaths,” said Dr Georgios Giannopoulos of the University of Athens. “It means that higher humidity values were related to higher death rates,” he told Reuters.

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