The number of heart diseases is increasing continuously. There are many types of heart diseases. Each person can be troubled by different heart diseases. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels can trigger heart diseases. Apart from this, the symptoms of heart disease can increase due to an unhealthy diet, stress, and an inactive lifestyle.

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Not only this, but cold weather can also increase heart disease because blood vessels get constricted in winter. This can increase blood pressure and reduce blood flow. In this situation, there may be pressure on the heart. Therefore, heart patients need to take special care of themselves in cold weather. Heart patients can avoid triggering it by adopting some precautions in cold weather.

Today, in this article, you will learn about the precautions that heart patients should take in cold weather -

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  1. How does Cold Weather Affect Heart Disease?
  2. Problems Faced by Heart Patients in Cold Weather
  3. Precautions for Heart Disease During Winter
  4. Takeaway
Doctors for Precautions for Heart Patients in Winter

Cold weather can increase the problems of heart patients. Actually, as the cold increases, the blood vessels start shrinking. Due to the narrowing of the blood vessels, the level of blood pressure increases significantly. In this situation, the heart has to work harder to pump blood.

On the other hand, if a person has coronary artery disease, then there may be a blockage in the artery. Cold weather can increase its symptoms, it can lead to a heart attack. On the other hand, if a person does not have heart disease, then in this situation he does not have any problem when the blood vessels shrink. When the heat comes, the blood vessels become normal again.

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As soon as the winter season comes, a patient suffering from heart disease may have to face the following types of problems -

  • If a person has coronary artery disease, then cold weather can trigger cardiac ischemia. This is the condition when the heart muscle does not get enough oxygen.
  • Cold weather can also increase the symptoms of angina. In this situation, there can be severe chest pain.
  • In cold weather, the heart does not get enough blood. In such a situation, the risk of heart attack increases.
  • For people who have the problem of heart failure, problems may increase when the cold increases. In this situation, these people may need to be admitted to the hospital. Not only this, but cold weather can also increase the risk of death in people with heart failure.

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Heart patients may have to face problems in cold weather i.e. low temperatures. Therefore, heart patients need to take more care of their health in winter. If someone is a heart patient, then some precautions must be taken -

Stay Away from Cold

In cold weather, heart patients must avoid cold winds. For this, spend minimum time in cold temperatures. Cover your entire body. Wear clothes in layers to maintain body heat in winter. Also, cover your head and hands completely. Wear socks and shoes for this. Due to this, the body temperature can remain normal.

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Avoid Cold Water

Many people go to see snowfall in the cold season. Whereas, playing with ice and cold water. If someone has heart disease, he should avoid playing in ice or cold water. Staying in the snow can increase the risk of angina, heart attack, and heart failure. Avoid using cold water even for bathing. Heart patients should always take bath with lukewarm water only.

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Don't Let Yourself Overheat

Many people wear many layering of clothes to avoid the cold. Also, they overheat their room. Heart diseases can also be triggered due to overheating. When there is excess heat, the blood vessels suddenly expand or become wide. In this situation, the person's blood pressure may be low. Therefore, one should try to avoid low temperatures as well as high temperatures in the cold season.

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Try to Avoid Flu

Most people have to face the symptoms of flu in the cold season. If one has heart disease, one should try his best to avoid flu symptoms in a cold. If there is flu along with heart disease, then many problems may have to be faced. For this, the heart patient can take the flu vaccine or can also take medicines.

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Don't Drink Alcohol

Many people consume alcohol to avoid colds and to warm their bodies, but heart disease patients should not consume alcohol. Drinking alcohol can damage blood vessels. In this condition, there may be an increase in the symptoms of heart disease.

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Do the Exercise

It is also necessary to resort to exercise to keep your body temperature normal in cold. For this, you can exercise in the morning and evening. You can also take the help of yogameditation, or pranayama. Exercising daily can also help in reducing the symptoms of heart disease.

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Eating Hot Food

Heart patients should always eat hot and fresh food. Especially, one should avoid eating stale or cold food in cold weather.

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Cold weather can increase the problems of heart disease. Cold weather can increase the risk of a heart attack in heart patients. Blood vessels constrict in cold weather. In this situation, the heart has to work harder to pump blood. In this case, the blood pressure becomes high. Therefore, people who have heart disease need to take extra care of themselves in cold weather. Avoid cold water or ice in this situation. Also, eat hot food, do regular exercise and stay away from alcohol. Despite this, if heart diseases are triggered in cold weather, then definitely contact the doctor.

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