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Daylight Saving Time Danger? 'Spring Forward' Raises Heart Attacks

March 8, 2012

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According to one researcher, there could be consequences to Daylight Saving Time 2012 beyond the possibility of being late for work or forgetting to update the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. An article in ScienceDaily suggests that the Daylight Saving Time 2012 time shift could see increased incidents of heart attacks.

Associate Professor Martin Young, Ph.D., from University of Alabama at Birmingham's Division of Cardiovascular Disease, cautions that moving clocks ahead for Daylight Saving Time "is associated with a 10 percent increase in the risk of having a heart attack."

He says that the Monday following the "Spring Forward," the first workday, is when people are suspect to increased cardio risk. The factors include possible sleep deprivation, stress from a disruption in the circadian clock (basically your body's internal clock), and a similar immune system response disruption.

For more details on Professor Young's examination of the factors behind increased heart attack risk after Daylight Saving kicks in--including recommended steps to counteract the risk--please see the article in ScienceDaily, "Heart Attacks Rise Following Daylight Saving Time."

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