Thursday, February 13, 2014

Great--now weather gives you a stroke, sorta maybe

In a study at Yale, as reported by Marilynn Marchione, AP, there "may" be a link between weather and having a stroke.

So far as I can see, there is a link between everything and having a stroke--or am I too sensitive?

Yale, Harvard, and Duke worked on this--not dummy schools. They looked at millions of records and found a seasonal trend to strokes.

--Blood vessels constrict in cold weather, which can raise BP. Your body clamps down, the docs said. Clamps down? Oh, well, they are doctors.

--High humidity can cause dehydration--thicker blood? Clot?

But they also decided higher stroke rates in Medicare patients in winter, lower in summer. This was an earlier study.

Now they seem to think stroke risk rises as temperature does.

Oh, for heaven's sakes--which is it? They say to stay at a constant temp  indoors, especially in winter.

Will get right on that.

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