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Heat important for vulnerable Brits

Published on 15/02/2010
People living in homes where temperatures are below the recommended levels are risking their health, experts warn.

According to the government chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson, Brits, particularly over the age of 65, need to keep warm to protect against cardiovascular problems.

British Heart Foundation cardiac nurse Cathy Ross said: "Cold temperatures can lead to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, which can trigger an angina attack.

"Research also suggests that blood becomes thicker in cold weather, which can lead to clots forming and causing a heart attack, stroke or sudden cardiac death."

She advised patients who already suffer from heart disease to dress warmly and avoid spending long periods of time in low temperatures.

There were an estimated 36,700 excess winter deaths - in England and Wales in 2008/09 – an increase of 49 per cent compared with the previous year's figures.

Winter deaths are identified as the difference between the number of deaths during December to March and the average from the preceding autumn (August to November) and following summer (April to July).

A recent study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University found that migraine sufferers are twice as likely to have a heart attack as those without the common condition.
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