[Biotropic effects of geomagnetic storms and their seasonal variations]

Biofizika. Sep-Oct 2001;46(5):930-4.
[Article in Russian]


A substantial effect of geomagnetic storms on human health with a confidential probability P = 0.95 was revealed. The quantitative estimates of the biotropic effect are presented. For example, the frequency of occurrence of bursts exceeding the average number of hospitalized patients with mental and cardiovascular diseases during magnetic storms increases approximately 2 times compared with quiet periods (based on the data on 1983-84). The frequency of occurrence of myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, violation of cardial rhythm, acute violation of brain blood circulation during storms increases 2.1; 1.6; 1.6; 1.5 times, respectively compared with magnetically quiet periods (based on the data of 1992-96). A similarity of the seasonal distribution of the magnitude of the biotropic effect is revealed in the case of myocardial infarction and the number of magnetic storms: a maximum in the equinox and a minimum in summer.

MeSH terms

  • Coronary Disease / etiology*
  • Earth, Planet
  • Emergency Medical Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Magnetics / adverse effects*
  • Mental Disorders / etiology*
  • Myocardial Infarction / etiology
  • Seasons*
  • Stroke / etiology
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data