Heart Care tips for winter season

winter care for heart

Winter season is a difficult time for people with diseases and other health conditions. Be it respiratory diseases or osteo-related problems or even those with coronary artery diseases (CAD), cold temperatures trigger uncomfortable health situations that need special medical care. However, with a drop in the temperature, sometimes the heart health unexpectedly impacted.

Heart attacks are common during the winters. Going by the medical records, a cardiologist had explained that there are a number of risk factors that trigger minor as well as fatal heart attacks in individuals.

Why heart attacks are common in winters?

Cardiologists have stated that the winter season sees an increase in cases of heart attacks and heart diseases by as much as 50% and during the cold, people need to be way more cautious regarding their heart health than they usually are. Here are some reasons why cardiac arrests are common during the winter season:

  • The reason why heart attacks are common in winter is usually biological. Due to the temperature drop, the blood vessels contract that leads to high blood pressure. This increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • If you are suffering from angina, the condition worsens during the winters because the coronary arteries constrict during the cold.
  • The heart keeps pumping blood day in and day out without a break. However, during the winters, as the heart works harder to maintain a warmer body temperature. But if the body temperature drops below 95 degrees F, it can lead to hypothermia that damages the heart muscles.
  • A strenuous physical activity during the winters also increases the risk.
  • Binge-eating and drinking during the holiday season also impact the risk factor. Alcohol definitely warms you up during the winters but it is equally dangerous when you are out in the cold. It can impact your heart health.

Precautions for heart health during winters

The American Heart Association advises on maintaining a warm body temperature to keep your heart healthy. Similarly, you should also be taking some precautions to protect your heart.

1. Go easy on the exercise routine 

You must have heard that exercise is important and an imperative part of a healthy lifestyle. But there are two things, you must keep in mind. IF you are a non-exercise person, head out and do some exercise. Go walking, or a short run or you might even join the local gym. It keeps your heart pumping and improves blood circulation. But if you are a person who loves intense exercise, just go somewhat easy while exercising during the cold. Exerting yourself while exercising can dilate your blood vessels and trigger a cardiac emergency like heart attack, angina, and heart failure. 

If you are a heart patient, wait for the sun to be up when you go for a walk. Never walk with the cold wind blowing in your face.

2. Get a flu shot 

Flu viruses are common in winters and it increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Cardiologists recommend that you get a flu vaccine if you have a risk of heart attack.

3. Dress in layers 

It is important that you keep your body warm in the winters. Wear thin layers of clothing that will trap the cold in between the fabric while keeping you warm. Also choose your clothing wisely when heading out for a morning walk.

4. Check your diet 

A warm soup or a veggie porridge is a preferable comfort meal during the winters. Avoid fried food as much as possible. Instead, have some warm beverages like hot chocolates and meat broth. Eat your meals at regular intervals and don’t forget your medicines targeted to keep your heart healthy.

5. Control the alcohol 

Having a glass or two of alcohol when the weather gets nippy outside is good to keep your body warm. But overdoing it can be dangerous if you are heading out immediately afterward. Cardiologists advise on drinking within the limits and having just a bare minimum for the heart patients.

Keep your heart health at check during the winters. Go for regular visits to your cardiologist and follow some precautions to save the visit to the emergency room at the hospital.

Also, Read:

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