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Weekly and seasonal variation in the incidence of cardiac arrests

Authors
Publisher
Mosby, Inc.
Publication Date
Volume
137
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0002-8703(99)70507-7
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Background Patterns of temporal variation of cardiac arrests may be important for understanding mechanisms leading to the onset of acute cardiovascular disorders. Previous studies have reported diurnal variation of the onset of cardiac arrests, with high incidence in the morning and in the evening, lack of daily variation during the week, and some seasonal variation. Methods and Results We explored weekly and yearly (seasonal) temporal variation in 6603 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests attended by the Seattle Fire Department. We observed daily variation that peaks on Monday and seasonal variation that peaks in the winter. Conclusions Cardiac arrests do not occur randomly during the week or year but follow certain periodic patterns. These patterns are probably associated with patterns of activities. (Am Heart J 1999;137:512-5.)

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