Stroke hospitalization rates appear to rise and fall with sharp changes in outdoor temperature and dew point, a pilot study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found. The research, presented this week at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014, shows an association of stroke hospitalizations with exposure to extreme daily temperature and dew point fluctuations. The study examined Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance data from hospitals across the United States.
Researchers found that each five-degree Fahrenheit change in daily temperature was associated with a 6 percent increased risk of stroke hospitalization. Meanwhile, each five-degree Fahrenheit increase in the dew point...read more