New study links heart attack risk to daylight savings time

A new study found that people are at a 25% higher risk of having a heart attack the Monday after daylight saving time (DST), Reuters reported on March 29.

According to University of Colorado in Denver cardiologist Doctor Amneet Sandhu, the risk of heart attacks were heightened right after DST. In the 42,000 admitted patients studied in private hospitals in Michigan, they found that an estimated eight heart attack patients admitted were added on the first Monday of DST. After the first Monday of DST, the number of patients admitted either didn’t change or decreased. As such, Dr. Sandhu said that people who are prone to having heart problems may have a higher risk of having a heart attack the first Monday of DST.

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