Cold Weather Leads to More Defibrillator Shocks

Posted by on Friday, October 28, 2016

A study conducted by a group of Manitoba Doctors suggest that residents with defibrillator's living in Winnipeg could be at a higher risk of experiencing defibrillator shocks as opposed to their counterparts living in warmer cities.

Defibrillator's help regulate a patient’s heart beat. If the patient were to experience an unstable heart rhythm then the defibrillator send an electric shock to regulate the heart.

The study found that when the temperature is between -10°C and 10°C, shocks are 9 per cent more common than when the temperature is above 10 degrees.

The doctors have not yet figured out why.

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