Meteorological factors and the time of onset of chest pain in acute myocardial infarction

David, R. Thompson *, Jurgen E. Pohl, Yiu Yu S. Tse, Robert W. Hiorns

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Analysis of the time of onset of chest pain in 2254 patients with a myocardial infarction admitted to a coronary care unit in Leicester during a 10-year period shows an association with temperature and humidity. During both the most cold and humid times of the year, the relationship is a strong one. A generalized linear model with a log link was used to fit the data and the backward elimination selection procedure suggested a humid, cold day might help to trigger the occurrence of myocardial infarction. In addition, cold weather was found to have a stronger effect on the male population while those men aged between 50 and 70 years were more sensitive to the effect of high humidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-120
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Biometeorology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 1996


  • Atmospheric pressure
  • Meteorological factors
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Relative humidity
  • Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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