UV rays reduce risk of cardiovascular conditions

9 May 2013

Just 20 minutes in the sun can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart attack and stroke, and even prolong life, according to a new study.

The breakthrough healthcare research, conducted by Edinburgh University, found that sun exposure causes blood vessels to release nitric oxide. This chemical has been found to help prevent a number of cardiovascular and circulatory problems, including strokes, blood clots, heart attacks and high blood pressure.

Although skin cancer can be triggered by prolonged exposure to UV rays, experts say the risk is outweighed by potential health benefits. High blood pressure has been attributed to 80 times more deaths than skin cancer.

Dr Richard Weller of Edinburgh University said: “We now plan to look at the relative risks of heart disease and skin cancer in people who have received different amounts of sun exposure.” More research will be conducted to compare pros and cons of sun exposure, as it relates to circulatory disorders and cancer.

If you’re concerned about heart disease, consider a blood test to assess your risk. A number of self-pay procedures are available to ease your mind, including cholesterol and stress tests, as well as heart scanning and coronary angiography.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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