Pat Shingleton for Nov. 15, 2012

In winter, some heart attacks are attributed to snow shoveling. The American Heart Association’s Scientific Session, held recently in Los Angeles, determined that people are more likely to die from heart-related issues in winter, regardless of snow and extreme cold. Researchers from Good Samaritan Hospital reviewed death certificates for 2005-2008 in seven cities with different types of winter temperatures. The study did not focus on what may have caused winter deaths, as researchers think the constriction of blood vessels due to colder temperatures raises blood pressure. Circulatory deaths or deaths by heart attack, heart failure, heart disease and stroke increased 36 percent over summer rates. Experts believe people are unhealthier in the winter due to the inability to exercise and attention to early symptoms. Fastcast: Still cool.

ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION:

TODAY: Perfect (Sunny Icon) 64/43

FRIDAY: A Beauty (Sunny Icon) 66/42

SATURDAY: Still Dry (Sunny Icon) 69/45

SUNDAY: Warmer (Sunny Icon) 70/48

MONDAY: Clouding Up (Partly Cloudy Icon) 71/49

TUESDAY: Spotty Rain (Cloudy Icon) 69/47