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Heart attacks are caused by the blockage of an already atheroscleroticly damaged coronary artery. The main risk factors for atherosclerosis are well known and primarily include obesity, arterial hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking and lack of physical exercise. Statistically speaking, the probability of suffering a heart attack, differs significantly during the seasons and spikes during the Autumn and Winter months. An important trigger for coronary events seems to be the notable combination of low temperatures and physical exertion. A Canadian study found that on days of heavy snowfall, hospital admissions and death rates increased significantly because of heart attacks, linked to the physical strain of snow shoveling. Although the increase in case numbers only affected men, the makers of the study concluded that snow removal is a predominantly male task. Previous studies already uncovered certain processes that contribute to the increased heart attack risk during Autumn and Wint
Everyday modern life is becoming increasingly characterized by our lack of physical activity. Many people spend their entire working day doing sedentary activities, while driving cars to get around and remaining inactive in their free time. The human body, however, is not adapted to a low-activity lifestyle, which can lead to health problems in the medium to long term. In particular, the occurrence of civilization diseases such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular illnesses, is influenced to a large extent by
Each year at the beginning of the Autumn months, many people consider whether they should get vaccinated against the flu or influenza virus. In general, the seasonal influenza vaccine is not explicitly recommended for all groups of people. It concerns mainly healthy children, adolescents and adults up to the age of 60, as for them an infection with the flu generally has few complications. But the elderly, the chronically ill and pregnant women from the second trimester onwards are often at risk, as an infection can pro
Medical science stands at the beginning of a digital revolution, that will fundamentally change its shape in the coming years and decades. Technologies that seemed merely science fiction are already a reality today. While terms like Medicine 2.0 and Big Data are still discussed among experts, some countries have already made connected, digital solutions, as well as tele- and internet medicine, part of their regular health care provision. Still, the advancement of artificial intelligence might soon oversh
Excessive weight is not purely a cosmetic issue, but it’s also one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), current evidence suggests that the risk of developing certain malignant tumors increases with a higher body weight. So far, 13 different types of tumors have been identified, that are associated with excessive weight - including common types such as breast and colorectal cancer. A recent study publish