There are a number of factors that may put you at risk for suffering a stroke, but did you know that the weather could be one of those? According to LiveScience, recent research from Yale University has found that cold weather and extreme temperature changes may lead to a stroke.1 While authors of the study have not yet figured out what causes this link, it could be due to the relationship between temperature and blood pressure.
While age, gender, race, and family and personal histories may all contribute to your chances of suffering a stroke, there are some risk factors for this cardiovascular issue that you can control.2 For instance, high cholesterol, obesity and smoking all increase your risk. When some of these issues are better managed, an individual may be less likely to experience a stroke due to a drop in the temperature.
"Our bodies are responsive to our environments; with greater fluctuations, it could put greater stress on individuals, particularly those who are older," Judith Lichtman, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health, told LiveScience.
However, the researchers noted that their findings are preliminary and further investigations into the matter are necessary. So, in the meantime, those at risk are better off focusing their attention on controllable factors such as diabetes and high cholesterol.
1 LiveScience, "Cold weather, temperature changes tied to stroke risk" February 12, 2014
2 National STROKE Association, "Am I at risk for a stroke?"