Cardiac Mortality Is Higher Around Christmas and New Year’s Than at Any Other Time: The Holidays as a Risk Factor for Death

@article{Phillips2004CardiacMI,
  title={Cardiac Mortality Is Higher Around Christmas and New Year’s Than at Any Other Time: The Holidays as a Risk Factor for Death},
  author={D. Phillips and J. Jarvinen and I. S. Abramson and R. R. Phillips},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2004},
  volume={110},
  pages={3781-3788}
}
Background—Research published in Circulation has shown that cardiac mortality is highest during December and January. We investigated whether some of this spike could be ascribed to the Christmas/New Year’s holidays rather than to climatic factors. Methods and Results—We fitted a locally weighted polynomial regression line to daily mortality to estimate the number of deaths expected during the holiday period, using the null hypothesis that natural-cause mortality is unaffected by the Christmas… Expand
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