Five Cold Weather Precautions for People with Heart Disease

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Most of the time, coronary heart disease is more than 25% higher than any other season like summer, spring, or rainy. The chances of a patient getting a heart attack or cardiac disorders also increases manifold by lack of proper assistance and knowledge.

In various studies, approximately 27-degree Centigrade is the temperature at with chances of heart attack is lower. And with each degree of falling weather, luck of Heart attack increases by 3%, so you have a higher chance of heart attack. This is predominantly because the arteries supply blood to the skin and other peripheral organs constrict as the temperature dips the arteries. Process of constriction of blood vessels in the body’s protective mechanism because the body doesn’t want to lose the heat. However, this is counterproductive it raises your blood pressure, and level of certain hormones like cortisol, and these are responsible for increased chances of a heart attack. And also responsible for high blood pressure.

Temperature dip in winters also increases blood clot formation. Well, there is nothing to panic about; the few precautions you need to take are mentioned below.

Heart attack in winter

The best hours would say mid-morning (between 11 AM — 12 PM), the other time they should choose between 4 PM — 5 PM when the sun is going down, but it is not set, and the temperature is still warm. While going out, cover your face and mouth with a scarf or mask. This is necessary because breathing in winter while going out can result in coronary arteries shrinking, which in turn causes a risk of chest pain (angina) or blood clotting.

Don’t wear a single sweater or Jacket, wear multiple layers of clothing to trap the warm air, and maintain the cloth’s average temperature. This will also avoid health-related complications. Also avoid overdressing, as it can result in overheating or sweating. Sweating in winter is also a danger sign for the patient with cardiovascular disease.

Many people stop physical activity during winters. Don’t stop physical activity. Just take care and keep ease in your workouts.

a. Avoid alcohol: Avoid alcohol before going outdoors. It expands blood vessels in the skin, making you feel warmer while drawing heat away from your vital organs.

b. Maintain sugar level: Diabetes and blood glucose level play a crucial role in controlling cardiovascular diseases. Maintaining glucose level with a proper diet plan is very important, especially in winters.

c. Avoid cholesterol: Avoid animal cholesterol, reduce triglycerides in the body by avoiding oil in foods, and avoid eating dry fruits as they have triglycerides.

Make sure you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack like chest pain, breathing difficulty, and sweating. Meet your heart specialist periodically. Take the prescribed medications regularly. Monitor your blood pressure regularly. Keep blood sugar level controlled. Be very careful about what you eat despite the festive season; always listen to your body and keep the cardiologist or ambulance number always on standby.

You can also consult online at various medical consultancy websites like lybrate, practo, doctoriduniya, etc., for your heart-related problems. At You can book an appointment with a cardiologist 24X7, with eOPd and an e-prescription facility.

At Patients can also create their online Patient Medical Account called NAINI. Here they can track the history of e-prescriptions, get free follow-ups; get an online doctor consultation with General physicians or cardiovascular surgeon’s and store their lab reports & Health records for further actions at NAINI on DoctoriDuniya.


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