Daylight savings time ups heart attack risk slightly, says new study

Incidence of Myocardial Infarction With Shifts to and From Daylight Savings Time

Monica R. Jiddou, MD, Mark Pica, BS, Judy Boura, MS, Lihua Qu, MS, Barry A. Franklin, PhD

Received 20 August 2012; received in revised form 12 November 2012; accepted 14 November 2012. published online 10 December 2012.

Article in Press: The American Journal of Cardiology

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Modulators of normal bodily functions such as the duration and quality of sleep might transiently influence cardiovascular risk.

The transition to daylight savings time (DST) has been associated with a short-term increased incidence ratio (IR) of acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

The present retrospective study examined the IR of AMIs that presented to our hospitals the week after DST and after the autumn switch to standard time, October 2006 to April 2012, with specific reference to the AMI type.

Our study population (n = 935 patients; 59% men, 41% women) was obtained from the electronic medical records of the Royal Oak and Troy campuses of the Beaumont Hospitals in Michigan.

Overall, the frequency of AMI was similar in the spring and autumn, 463 (49.5%) and 472 (50.5%), respectively.

The IR for the first week after the spring shift was 1.17 (95% confidence interval 1.00 to 1.36).

After the transition from DST in the autumn, the IR for the same period was lower, but not significantly different, 0.99 (95% confidence interval 0.85 to 1.16).

Nevertheless, the greatest increase in AMI occurred on the first day (Sunday) after the spring shift to DST (1.71, 95% confidence interval 1.09 to 2.02; p <0.05).

Also, a significantly greater incidence was found of non–ST-segment myocardial infarction after the transition to DST in the study group compared with that in the control group (p = 0.022).

In conclusion, these data suggest that shifts to and from DST might transiently affect the incidence and type of acute cardiac events, albeit modestly.



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