Scientists say that during this period, the mortality risk increases
The probability to get a heart attack during New year, Christmas and summer holidays is about 15% higher for all people than at the usual time. To such conclusion the Swedish experts from the University of Lund, watching the health of almost 300 thousand people for 15 years — from 1998 to 2013.
According to scientists, the increased mortality in these days is not only connected with alcoholic libations and more frequent accidents, but also the fact that young and elderly people often experience strong emotional stress, preparing for these holidays and to meet with children and families.
The researchers decided to find out how various events and emotional state can affect the probability of death and the risk to get severe illness, watching the health of almost 300 thousand Swedes from 1998 to 2013. Scholars interested in how different emotional, pleasant or unpleasant events in everyday life – weddings, funerals, holidays, natural disasters, trips to sporting events affect the probability of acquiring a heart attack, ischemia and other heart diseases.
These observations revealed an interesting pattern. The probability to get a heart attack during Christmas, first New year’s day and the national day of Sweden, celebrated in June, has grown by about 15%, but this was not observed during sports matches, Easter and some other holidays.
Moreover, on weekdays, the Swedes often died or were admitted to hospital in the early morning hours, whereas during the aforesaid holidays, the time was shifted by 8-10 PM. At this time, as the researchers note, volunteers on 37% more likely to have acquired heart attacks and other heart disease than the average for the year.
According to experts, by yet unknown reasons, the probability of death was 5-10% lower than usual New year’s eve and the day of Epiphany prior to the Orthodox Christmas. The researchers assume that this anomaly may be related to differences in how Swedes behave in these and other holidays.
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