Cold Weather Boosts Risk of Heart Attack

By Reeger, Jennifer | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 20, 2007 | Go to article overview

Cold Weather Boosts Risk of Heart Attack


Reeger, Jennifer, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


As winter finally arrives with harsh temperatures, doctors warn that the cold weather isn't merely an inconvenience.

It can be deadly -- especially to your heart.

While those with heart problems know the dangers cold weather can pose, others continue their daily exercise routine outdoors unaware of the risk.

"There are definite downsides to exercising for the sake of exercising under such cold conditions," said Dr. Tony Farah, a cardiologist and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

A drop in temperatures last week may have contributed to the death of an off-duty state police trooper based in Greensburg.

Samuel Massafra died of a heart attack Tuesday while running on the Five Star Trail in Greensburg.

Massafra, 48, an avid runner who ran half-marathons, had no history of heart disease, said his wife, Deborah Massafra.

But doctors believe the cold weather may have contributed to her husband's fatal heart attack, she said.

And it's not uncommon for an otherwise healthy person to be felled by a heart attack.

"Over half of heart attacks occur on blockages that are in arteries that are 50 percent or less, which means they are not typically symptomatic," said Dr. Robert Staffen, a cardiologist with Excela Health, in Westmoreland County.

Farah said a quarter-million people die of heart attacks every year in the United States without experiencing prior symptoms.

Typically, pieces of plaque break off the arterial walls, causing the heart attack.

Exercising strenuously in cold weather can contribute to that because frigid temperatures affect the body in several ways.

Cold temperatures increase blood pressure, raise the stress level on the wall of the heart and increase the blood's viscosity, or thickness, Farah said. …

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