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“Deadly” patterns

Why do people die most often? Is it possible to predict in advance when a person will die? In order to answer these questions, there is no need at all to turn to fortune-tellers. It turns out that there are scientifically and medically sound patterns associated with death. And to identify them, sometimes it’s enough to just look at the statistics …

Cold kills more often than heat
American scientists analyzed about 74 million cases of deaths that occurred in different countries from 1985 to 2012, and found that hypothermia more often causes death than abnormally high temperatures.

First, scientists collected information on weather, environmental conditions and mortality in 384 cities around the globe. For each of the settlements, a temperature was set at which people died the least. Almost everywhere, it turned out to be closer to the upper boundary of the scale than to the lower. Also, for all cities, the number of the coldest and hottest days was determined and how many people died during this time and how many deaths can be explained by weather conditions. It turned out that 7.3 percent of such deaths are associated with the effects of hypothermia and only 0.4 percent with the effects of heat. True, the study did not address the situation in Africa and the Middle East.

At the same time, extreme weather conditions were responsible for only 11 percent of deaths. “Dies from overheating and overcooling

a small number of people, “the authors of the study write in an article published in The Lancet.

The main cause of death is cardiovascular disease.
We often say or hear that such a person died “from cancer”, “from diabetes”, “from a stomach ulcer”, “from a stroke.” But in most of the evidence of the death of these people is the cause of “heart failure.” Why it happens?

Clinical death occurs when the heart stops. But really – when the brain ceases to function. But still, the heart plays a major role here, because it is it that pumps blood through the vessels.

All these diseases lead to malfunctioning of internal organs, to weakened immunity and, as a result, to heart failure. But while the heart beats, a person cannot die. Therefore, calling the cause of cancer or stroke is wrong. By themselves, they do not lead to death, but affect the work of the heart, which kills the patient …

The onset of death can be predicted by certain signs
So, Australian doctors have developed a test that shows whether a patient who is hospitalized will die within a month. So far, this applies only to elderly patients.

When developing the test, the doctors took into account the results of 112 special studies that mentioned indicators such as age, state of health, stage of development of the disease, experience of previous hospitalizations, and so on … Based on the totality of these indicators, they believe it will be possible to predict whether the patient is threatened death in the next 30 days. According to the lead author of the Magnolia study, Cardona-Morrell, of the University of New South Wales, “Attempts to prevent imminent death result in excessive healthcare costs.” Moreover, she adds, if a person knows that he will die soon and nothing can be done to help him, he will be able to go home, give his last orders and say goodbye to his loved ones …

More recently, an international medical team has proposed predicting a person’s death by the strength of his handshake, which can be measured with a dynamometer, according to an article in The Lancet. If the compressive strength of the hands drops by 50 Newtons, then the risk of death increases by an average of 16 percent.

The study, which was conducted from 2003 to 2009, was attended by more than 140 thousand residents of 17 countries. In four years, about two percent died for various reasons. It turned out that they included primarily people with a weak handshake.

Diseases such as cancer, myocardial infarction, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, which most often lead to a sad outcome, change our physiological data and weaken the body, the authors of the study claim. Our hands also become weak, and we are no longer capable of a firm handshake. Therefore, it can be a kind of indicator of a near demise. Only medicine and no fortune-telling on coffee grounds!

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