As we all know winter has arrived. There’s a nip in the air, morning mist and fog all around. It is one of the best seasons to exercise. However, have you ever wondered what it might do to your heart?
Winter is peak time for heart attacks.
What is heart attack?
Cold weather can increase the risks of cardiovascular problems. A heart attack usually happens when the flow of oxygen-rich blood is suddenly blocked and the heart is unable to get oxygen. Slowly, that section of the heart starts to die if blood flow isn’t restored.
How to avoid it?
- Don’t overexert: Winter season can cause us to overexert ourselves. Sometimes the wind is strong and cold, which may force us to walk briskly. In snow covered regions, you might have to shovel snow also. All these activities demand for more oxygen & the restricted flow might result in heart attack. Be very careful while overexerting yourself outdoors during winters. People with high cholesterol, high blood-pressure, diabetes, obesity should be extra careful.
- Exposure: When your body is suddenly exposed to cold temperature, all your blood vessels clamp down. This might cause heart attack. To avoid it, you should not go out half-dressed. Try to wear as many layers of clothes as possible and keep yourself warm.
- Sweat it out: Wearing multiple layers is always advisable during winters, but keep in mind that your body might start to heat up if you do some physical activity. When that happens, you start to sweat but the warm clothes might prevent it from happening. In such cases, the blood vessels start to dilate, your blood pressure will start to fall and the blood supply to the heart may reduce. When you face a case of overheating, just remove one layer of clothing and relax for a while.
- Do away with Flu: If you catch a seasonal flu, you might be at a risk of heart attack. Fever or flu can make your heart beat faster than usual; blood pressure might fall resulting in less blood flow to the heart. To avoid flu, you should wash your hands properly or get a flu immunisation. You should always keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water or water-rich fruits.
- Holiday weight: Winters means holidays and delicious food made at home. You might consume a lot of calories, salty food or alcohol which might result in increased risk of heart attack. Try to eat healthy, and eat light and smaller portions.
- Healthy habits: Winters make us lazy. We prefer to stay under our blanket with a mug of hot chocolate with us. It might sound and feel blissful but not so good for your heart. Try to exercise regularly and moderately even if it means walking to a nearby friend’s place or exercising at home.
- Consume right: During winters, your body needs proper amount of Vitamin D to save you from heart attack. It helps in repairing and maintaining secosteroid hormone that serves multiple gene-regulatory functions in your body. Also, try to have omega-3 to avoid winter heart attacks.
Winter is a very beautiful season. By following few basic tips to avoid heart attack, you can enjoy the season with your loved ones happily and carefree.