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NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Feb. 3rd. They say a high-speed solar wind stream and a CME could hit Earth's magnetic field on Wednesday--a double whammy almost certain to spark some degree of geomagnetic activity.
It has long been established that magnetic storms not only affect the performance of equipment, upset radio communications, blackout radars, and disrupt radio navigation systems but also endanger living organisms. They change the blood flow, especially in capillaries, affect blood pressure, and boost adrenalin.
…The heart and cardio-vascular system have always been considered the main biological targets of geomagnetic activity. However, the damage inflicted by magnetic storms on human health has been found to be different. Experts from the Institute of Space Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Institute of Physics of the Earth (RAS), and the Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy have established that the biggest danger emanates from the micro variations of the geomagnetic field, which coincide with the heartbeat. They occur in about half of all magnetic storms, and are most typical for a prelude to a storm with insignificant changes in the geomagnetic field (mostly affecting high altitudes), and for the recovery phase, when the geomagnetic field is coming back to normal.
Medical statistics for Moscow show that 70% of all micro variations, caused by geomagnetic disturbances, are accompanied by an abnormally high incidence of heart attacks (a growth of about 13%), and blood-strokes (7.5% growth). The low and extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields destabilize the heartbeat, leading to a sudden death or infarction. Medical experts have finally explained why heart attacks take a heavy toll before a magnetic storm - because micro variations begin 24 hours before the storm.
…one of possible reasons for the seasonal variations in the occurrence of myocardial infarction is an increase in the production of the pineal hormone melatonin in winter which leads to an unstable state of the human organism and an increase in its sensitivity to the effect of geomagnetic pulsations.
Originally posted by soficrow
reply to post by Phantom28804
reply to post by NANAinINDIANA
Just remembered - the autonomic nervous system governs the "automatic" heart AND respiratory functions (along with digestion and other things).
...So it makes sense that BOTH can be affected / interrupted.
Originally posted by Seekeye2
Friends husband had Heart Attack 2weeks ago and now Friend has had one. New Zealand. (No prior medical history of heart problems)
Originally posted by soficrow
Have been having chest pains this afternoon, still continuing, plus extreme nerve pain especially in right foot and ankle. Just noticed this thread:
Earth directed solar flare. Magnitude M6.6!!
Note that the storm hasn't really hit earth yet - just those pesky problematic low level disturbances.
...Won't be shovelling any snow.
Ed. to add:
M-class flare likely heading for earth febr 15/16th?
Incoming Earthbound CME!edit on 13/2/11 by soficrow because: (no reason given)