22 Nov '11, 12am

1am to 5am is 'the worst time for a heart attack' as it causes the most harm during that period, study says

1am to 5am is 'the worst time for a heart attack' as it causes the most harm during that period, study says

The size of a heart attack and the harm it causes a patient can depend on what time it strikes, a study has found. -- ST PHOTO: ALAN LIM MINNEAPOLIS (BLOOMBERG) - The size of a heart attack and the harm it causes a patient can depend on what time it strikes, a study has found. According to a group of researchers in the US, the greatest injury that a heart attack causes to the heart is when it takes place between 1am and 5am. This is because key restrictions occur in humans' blood supply according to the time of day, said the study published online this month in the medical journal Circulation Research. 'It is important to understand that the heart's ability to protect itself against more severe damage varies over a 24-hour cycle,' said Dr Jay Traverse, an author of the study. 'Identifying those protective changes may be particularly relevant for pharmaceutical manufacturer...

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