What is it with the weather and stroke?

McArthur, K., Dawson, J. and Walters, M. (2010) What is it with the weather and stroke? Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 10(2), pp. 243-249. (doi:10.1586/ERN.09.154)

McArthur, K., Dawson, J. and Walters, M. (2010) What is it with the weather and stroke? Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 10(2), pp. 243-249. (doi:10.1586/ERN.09.154)

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Abstract

An influence of climate upon cerebrovascular risk is both biologically plausible and supported by epidemiological evidence. These relationships are important as they could yield public health strategies to help protect the vulnerable from the increased death rates arising during extreme cold and heat waves. Change in temperature impacts on many cerebrovascular risk factors, including serum lipid and fibrinogen concentration and blood pressure. The relationship between stroke and meteorological variables is complex because of the number of potentially relevant meteorological variables, differences in study design and climate between geographical areas and potential for confounding. Behavioral factors are also influenced by the weather, which may in turn affect stroke risk. Some studies suggest that lower temperature increases stroke risk and others suggest the converse, while changes in atmospheric pressure may link with increased intracranial hemorrhage risk. To date, data are confusing and conflicting and well-conducted prospective studies are required to help clarify these potentially important relationships

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:AGE air pollution AMBIENT-TEMPERATURE BAROMETRIC-PRESSURE BLOOD blood pressure BLOOD-PRESSURE BRAIN CARDIOVASCULAR-DISEASE DEATH DESIGN ENGLAND Epidemiology haemostasis HEALTH HEART hemorrhage HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS IMPACT INCREASE MYOCARDIAL-INFARCTION NUMBER PARTICULATE AIR-POLLUTION PLASMA-FIBRINOGEN Prospective RISK risk factors RISK-FACTOR RISK-FACTORS Scotland SEASONAL-VARIATION SERUM stroke stroke incidence SUBARACHNOID HEMORRHAGE temperature TIME-SERIES weather
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dawson, Professor Jesse and McArthur, Dr Kate and Walters, Professor Matthew
Authors: McArthur, K., Dawson, J., and Walters, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Journal Name:Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
ISSN:1473-7175

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