Heart attack, a term that brings along fear and stress, has become common due to its frequent occurrences irrespective of gender and age.
Now you must be wondering what’s new in this. But the motive behind this blog is to introduce to you a ‘chilling fact’ related to heart attack.
This fresh fact reveals the impact of low temperatures on your heart’s health and that is why we have referred it as a chilling fact.
Yes, friends! You read it right. This cause is divergent from the ones that are repeatedly being highlighted by the cardiac experts and even on many other platforms.
The lower the temperature, the greater is the risk of heart attack. Many pieces of research have been conducted and finally, it has been concluded that low temperatures can also play havoc with your dear life.
As the winter is approaching, so let’s get to the basics of this fact immediately.
Temperature below 59 degrees Fahrenheit which is equivalent to 15 degrees Celsius poses threat to the heart’s health. Or to explain it better, falling temperatures increase the odds that you will have a heart attack.
The body undergoes many changes during the winter season and one should stay attuned to the changes being experienced.
There are three prominent reasons for increased chances of a heart attack when the temperature is low.
3 Main Reasons For Increased Risk of Heart Attack in Low Temperature
1. Increase in Blood Pressure
Cold weather often leads to an increase in blood pressure which is the most obvious reason for your cardiac health suffering badly. The blood vessels of your body tighten during the cold weather and the flow of blood speeds up to help the body stay warm. This is where the blood pressure starts to rise.
2. Increase in the Level of Cholesterol
Low temperature can lead to a serious increase in the cholesterol level which becomes another weapon to injure your heart and gives a slow death to your health.
3. Formation of Clots
Heart-threatening clots are formed in some cases and clot formation is simply what affects the heart adversely by blocking the arteries and obstructing the flow of blood smoothly.
Doing various physical activities in cold weather often hurts your heart as more pressure is exerted on it which can develop further complications. To the ones who live in snowy areas, shovelling, walking in snow or driving to far off places in extremely cold weather can prove to be fatal for your health.
Now, as we have talked enough about how low temperature can be dangerous and can entangle your cardiac health, it’s time to share some tips as to how you can prevent this cold weather from disrupting your heart’s functioning.
Here we bring to you some tips to safeguard yourself against this deadly partnership of falling temperature and rising risk of heart attack.
5 Tips To Safeguard Your Heart in the Low Temperature
1. Limited Exposure to Cold
Try avoiding going out in cold and even if you do so then wear multiple layers of warm clothes, socks, gloves, and cap too. This shall prevent cold weather from affecting your body and shall provide protection against cardiovascular diseases. Whenever you are out, try to take some time off and take shelter to help your body maintain the right temperature.
2. Avoid Overheating your Body
Wearing warm clothes and then doing strenuous exercises or activities overheats the body. Overheating the body can lead the blood vessels to dilate which may cause hypotension, another name for low blood pressure. For the ones who already have a heart disease should be very careful during winters since sweating in outdoor locations is a warning sign which should not be ignored at any cost and the person should get indoors as soon as possible.
3. Stay Protected from Flu
Generally, during winters people easily tend to catch a cold which leads to high fever. This results in the heart beating faster than normal which is a symptom of raised demand for oxygen. Shielding oneself against flu can save from giant problems of the heart. Increase your intake of hot beverages and food to keep your body warm while the temperature falls.
4. Avoid Excessive Alcohol
Drinking alcohol in winters makes you feel warmer than you really are and thus when you are out in the freezing cold, it may simply affect your heart without you being able to notice. Keep a check on your alcohol intake at all times. To keep oneself warm, hot water-bottle is the most effective option to transfer heat to the body in the right manner.
5. Get Medical Help
Winter is the season which makes the body so delicate that keeping it safe from cardiovascular diseases becomes complicated since a number of factors work towards making the body fall prey to the heart attack. Thus, one should get timely medical help immediately after experiencing any symptoms or discomfort which can give you a slow death if ignored.
A Word From Our Expert – Dr. Virender Sarwal (Director & Head of Department – CTVS)
Winter! You can’t beat a healthy heart.
We, the cardiac care experts at Ojas Hospital, are inclined to provide you with the right care for your heart so that it keeps on beating healthily. Our aim is not only to treat your heart and let it live a healthy life for a short time but to give it the gift so that healthy heart beats ever after.
Our words are not merely words in themselves but a reflection of how our treatments can save you from future problems. Get the modern treatment for your heart with us so that your heart gets a reason to thank you for. Let not falling temperature consume you.
Stay safe, stay healthy and don’t delay when you feel the pain!