Solar storms may cause up to 5500 heart-related deaths in a given year

Solar storms may cause up to 5500 heart-related deaths in a given year

June 17, 2022 0 By bimola

In an approximate 11-year cycle, the sun blasts out charged particles and magnetised plasma that can distort Earth’s magnetic field, which may disrupt our body clock and ultimately affect the heart



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17 June 2022

A solar storm

A solar storm

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Solar storms that disrupt Earth’s magnetic field may cause up to 5500 heart-related deaths in the US in some years.

The sun goes through cycles of high and low activity that repeat approximately every 11 years. During periods of high activity, it blasts out charged particles and magnetised plasma that can distort Earth’s magnetic field.

These so-called solar storms can cause glitches in our power grids and bring down Earth-orbiting satellites. A handful of studies have also hinted that they increase the risk of heart …