Study Shows Winter Impacts Heart Health

MEDFORD, Ore. — A recent study shows an increase in heart-related deaths during winter months. The study, however, shows that it doesn’t matter what climate people live in, from Arizona to Massachusetts, the increase is about the same.

A physician here in the Rogue Valley says there are some factors that occur in the winter that could affect those who are already at risk for heart problems.

“There’s more stress during the holiday times. With stress, more stress hormones like cortosol can be released into the body which would cause more work load on the heart itself,” said Jason Jex of Valley Immediate Care.

Doctors say lack of exercise and over eating during the holidays can also contribute to the added increase of a possible heart attack to those already at risk.