COLD WEATHER RISKS TO YOUR HEART

February 12, 2019

 

Heart Attack & Strokes spike during cold weather.

Research shows a link between cold weather and heart failure risk. Cold weather has an immediate impact of increased hospital admissions for heart related and acute respiratory conditions. 

 

 

Cold weather makes your blood vessel constrict. 

The cold thickens our blood causing

blood pressure to rise.

 

That means your heart has to work harder to pump the oxygen to your vital organs such as brain and lungs. The walk to get the mail may be easy in the fall but can get your heart pounding in cold weather.  This increases the risk for blood clots, stroke and heart attacks.

 

As we age our heart has to work harder to keep our body warm and breathing in the cold air can increase the risk of chest infections. Help protect yourself by dressing warm enough, covering hands, feet, head and cover your mouth to help filter the cold air can help. Pay a kid to shovel the snow, because the cold doesn’t no affect young people the same way as older adults.

 

Acute respiratory  conditions also peak during cold weather.  Cold temperatures are perfect habitat for making viral infections like the flu and spreading easier.  One reason why the flu shot is so important.  Even if you contract the flu you will get less sick that you would have without the flu shot.  

 

 

 

 

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