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Re­searchers in the Lund Univer­sity in Swe­den, showed that the risk of heart at­tack was 37 per cent high around 10pm on Christ­mas eve. The risk was great­est in peo­ple above

75, and those with ex­ist­ing di­a­betes and heart disease. This high­lighted the need for the so­ci­ety to raise aware­ness of this vul­ner­a­ble group over the Christ­mas pe­riod, the re­searchers sug­gested. The team in­ves­ti­gated whether time fac­tors, such as na­tional hol­i­days, ma­jor sport events, hour of the day or day of the week could trig­ger a heart at­tack.

The two weeks be­fore and af­ter a hol­i­day — and the same pe­riod the year be­fore and af­ter a sport event — were set as con­trol pe­ri­ods. The risk was also higher dur­ing New Years’, mid­sum­mer hol­i­days, early morn­ings (8am) and Mon­day morn­ings, but not dur­ing Easter hol­i­day. Other short term events linked to emo­tional stress, such as ma­jor sports events, hur­ri­canes and stock mar­ket crashes, have also been as­so­ci­ated with a higher risk of heart at­tack.

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