Is Winter Heart Attack Season?? Cold seasons can be troublesome for old age groups or someone with heart issues. There are increased chances of heart attack because of change in barometric pressure, wind,humidity and extremely cold temperatures. Because of negative temperature, there is narrowing of blood vessels, thickening of blood, and increasing load on the nervous system. Cold weather decreases the supply of oxygenated blood to cardiac muscle. And because of this heart has to work harder; as a result, the heart needs more oxygen-rich blood. Because of these changes a person may experience pain, shortness of breath, nauseous. These are a few signs of heart attack.
You can avoid winter heart attack by following a few simple tips:
Stay warm, wear in layers. Do not forget to wear caps, socks, hand gloves. Appropriate winter clothing can protect you from cold waves and therefore keep you safe from heart troubles.
Avoid excessive drinking
Red wines or any drink with good cholesterol is good for our heart but should be taken in limit. Avoid consuming alcohol before going out in winters as it expands your blood vessels and you may feel warmer but actually it is eliminating your vital organ’s heat.
Eating healthy and balanced food is best to have a happy and healthy heart. High quality fat, protein , legumes, green vegetables, fresh fruits, lean meat, eggs , fish, low fat milk, are heart friendly. Be heart smart and choose your diet wisely!
Come inside often
Limit your cold exposure and don’t exert yourself too much. Snow exposure or walking in speed with wind blowing your side. Give yourself a break and come inside a warm house to protect yourself from continuous cold waves.
Get a flu shot
In Winter the chances of flu due to low humidity and indoor heating increases .During this pandemic chances of Covid and flu is highly dangerous in anyone with heart disease.As of now you can only maintain social distance for Covid 19 but get a flu shot for general flu. And if you feel yourself developing symptoms of the flu, talk to your physician before medicating.
Winters bring joy and happiness but for a few groups it can be psychologically stressful. So be prepared to handle cold waves in advance. Stay warm and protect yourself by covering in layers. Act wisely and be heart smart! And in case of emergency visit our clinic as we have best cardiologist in Gurgaon.