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The higher occurrence of cardiovascular diseases in winter is well known, and several explanatory mechanisms have been suggested based on increased blood pressure, haematological changes and respiratory infections. Most investigations have used ecological data such as daily temperatures recorded at weather stations and mortality in the general population. Cause-specific mortality is the outcome measure most commonly used. Local myocardial infarction community registers would offer an idealdoi:10.3402/ijch.v61i4.17495 pmid:12546195 fatcat:7acxxkeqyvdqra5laocamnqjgi