With the evidence already established regarding known upticks of cardiac (or heart-related) deaths around Christmas and New Year’s, a new study seeks to elucidate if winter is a main culprit.
Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is a common arrhythmia, especially among seniors. It's been well-known that MIs can cause AFib; now we know that A-fib can also cause MIs especially in women and blacks.
Women come to the ER complaining of chest pain as a symptom of acute heart conditions somewhat less often than men. In fact, one-fifth of younger (under 55) women have nausea, sweating, shortness of breath, and/or palpitations and not chest pain. Such women should be evaluated most carefully.