Blood pressure increases because narrowed blood vessels create more resistance as the heart pumps blood throughout the body. Therefore, the heart muscle has to work harder. Anyone who adds exercise risks dangerous overload of the heart muscle.
Therefore, cardiologists recommend paying special attention to the following diseases on cold days: coronary heart disease, after a heart attack, angina pectoris, high blood pressure, heart failure, atrial fibrillation or deep vein thrombosis.
These three things are important for victims:
- 1. Don’t put too much stress on your body.
Light exercises such as walking and walking are also possible on cold days. However, as the Heart Foundation advises, it’s best to avoid anything that could put too much strain on your heart. Like shoveling snow.
Reason: Many heart patients reach their maximum heart rate after ten minutes of snow clearing. And even just swinging a snow shovel for two minutes can put a lot of stress on your heart.
If you can’t do the job, you should at least cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce the cold entering your airways, advises the Heart Foundation. And of course: breaks, breaks, breaks.
- 2. Adjust your medications
Since a cold causes your blood pressure to rise, it may be worth adjusting your blood pressure medication dosage. But don’t approach this on your own, as the Heart Foundation warns. Consultation with a doctor is always required.
- 3. Take your body’s signals seriously.
Are you walking out the door in sub-zero temperatures and suddenly feel a pain in your heart? Anyone experiencing shortness of breath and/or a feeling of pressure or burning in the chest should seek immediate medical attention. According to the Heart Foundation, these warning signs should be taken seriously by anyone without a history of cardiovascular disease.
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