Winter has arrived in full force, bringing with it an increasing number of heart-related ailments. The death rate due to heart attacks is up to 50% higher in winter than in summer. This is because arteries tend to become constricted due to the cold, resulting in the heart putting more effort into pumping blood, which causes stress and heart attacks.
This winter, keeping your heart healthy should be of prime concern. People with high blood pressure are at a 40% higher risk of heart attack in the morning.
Keep the Beat
Blood gets thicker in winter due to high content of fibrinogen and bad cholesterol. There are also risks of blood clots involved. Winter can be a bad time for the heart, but there are always ways to stay healthy.
A healthy heart needs care. Follow the tips below to keep up the heartbeat:
- Avoid over-eating in winters.
- If you suffer from a heart ailment, follow proper medical protocol before doing any kind of physical hard work.
- If you have outdoor work, make sure you’ve worn enough warm clothes.
- When you go out into the cold, cover your face and mouth with a scarf. This helps allow warm air reach your lungs first when you inhale.
- If travelling from a warm to a cold region, pack enough warm clothes. Research indicates that a dip in temperature from what one is acclimated to may increase risk of stroke by 7%, and heart attack by 12%.
- It is a known fact that exercise is a key aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Exercising regularly has a positive influence and helps counter many risk factors of cardiovascular disease. It helps in weight reduction and thus helps in reducing blood pressure. Take some time out from your busy schedule and go out for a walk, or better, a short jog.
- Last but not the least, learn to relax. Focus on the better things in your life, and count your blessings. It is also extremely important that you stick to your normal sleep schedule.
Are you following these thumbrules of keeping your heart safe and sound? If not, now is the time to begin. Wish you a hearty and healthy winter.