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Losing an hour of sleep isn't the only possible health consequence when we spring forward

Posted at 1:22 PM, Mar 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-12 15:22:35-05

It's almost that time again to spring clocks forward for daylight saving time.

On Sunday, our clocks will jump an hour, starting at 2 a.m. local time.

While you could lose an hour of sleep, the time change could also increase your chance of a heart attack.

A study from Sweden showed a 24-percent increase in heart attack risk the week after the spring daylight saving change.

We talked with Andrew Behunin, DO, a Cardiology Specialist at St. Mark's Hospital, who says a small change in our sleep pattern can have impacts on our mental state, our immune system and ultimately our cardiovascular health.

Dr. Behunin says the increased risk will mostly impact those who are already in danger of a heart attack.

Doctors say the fall back of daylight saving time in the fall is linked to a 21-percent decreased risk for heart attack.

MountainStar Healthcare offers a scan that can give you a heads up to coronary artery disease, so that you can intervene before a life-threatening event occurs.

The simple scan only takes about 15 minutes and is usually performed while wearing your street clothes.

It's only $69 and you can book an appointment at