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14-06-2015

Could Your Birth Month Make You More Susceptible To Certain Diseases? Don’t Laugh Just Yet

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Let’s take a look at some of the conditions that the research team at the Columbia University Medical Centre have found an increased incidence of depending on what time of year a patient was born.

January – Hypertension [Heart Disease]

It might have been one of the weaker correlations turned out by the study, but it’s a correlation nonetheless; Tatonetti and the Columbia researchers found that being born in January places one at an increased risk of hypertension. Hypertension – occasionally referred to medically as arterial hypertension but more commonly known simply as high blood pressure – is a chronic medical condition characterised by heightened blood pressure in the arteries. Although initially it does not present any particularly overt symptoms, having high blood pressure for a sustained period of time is classed as a major risk factor for a number of much more serious heart complications.
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March – Atrial Fibrillation [Heart Disease]

Much stronger is the correlation between a March birth and instances of atrial fibrillation. This is a condition defined as an irregular – and oftentimes abnormally fast – heart rate, which can cause poor blood flow to the rest of the body; the two upper chambers of the heart (the atria) beat out of co-ordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles). This can lead to symptoms such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and a general feeling of weakness. Although not automatically chronic in nature, atrial fibrillation can nonetheless lead to complications with the heart and as such is definitely worthy of attention.

March – Atherosclerosis [Heart Disease]

Another condition that patterned fairly strongly with a March birth is also related to the heart; atherosclerosis refers to restricted blood flow caused by a build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other related substances in the walls of the arteries (plaques). If unchecked, these plaques can burst, and this can lead to blood clots. Despite primarily being considered a heart problem, it should be noted that it can occur in arteries all over the body, and is also both preventable and treatable in the majority of cases.
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