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Can you have a heart attack from jumping in cold water ?

Can you have a heart attack from jumping in cold water ? Not ice cold water, just like a lake or river on a very hot summers day in the UK, also jumping in straight away without trying to get used to it first.
Asked On : Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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Hello, (ANS) Contrary to what everyone else has said here, in fact it is definitely possible (high risk) to have a heart attack if the water temperature is very cold. **Especially on a summers day where the air temperature is high or higher than the water temperature. (The bigger the temperature differential the higher the risk). Why? because the body can receive a shock to its fundamental biological systems and this puts extra-ordinary stress & strain on the heart & cardiac system. The body suddenly is forced into survival mode and works to preserve the bodies core temperature to keep vital organs working. NOTE: People die every year in the UK from falling into cold water or lakes or rivers. I'm NOT saying you definitely will or that heart attack is a certainty it just not a good idea to jump into cold water as it shocks the body & increases the risks of some kind of sever cardiac event. **You just die faster if the water is ice cold. Ivan.
Answered: Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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