Why You Are At Higher Risk Of Heart Attack During Winter?

ID-100186674The plummeting of mercury during winter, indicative of shivering cold, raises risk of heart attack. Many of us know that the risk and incidence of heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI in medical term) is higher during winter. Infarction is a tissue which has lost blood supply and is dead, when in heart muscle we call it myocardial (myocardium is muscle tissue of heart) infarction. Hence, we all need to be extra cautious during winter to prevent heart attack.

Why there is increased risk of heart attack during winter. The reason is very simple indeed. Due to falling environmental temperature, the viscosity of blood increases, which increases risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems (coronary artery diseases). There is also lower awareness about the triggers that lead to heart attack as well as lack of precaution, which are worrisome.

What a common man/woman should do to avoid heart attack during winter?

There are several points to remember and follow, which can reduce risk and incidence of heart attack during winter:

  • Excess alcohol intake can cause arrhythmia (abnormal rhythm of heart), generally atrial fibrillation, which can lead to heart attack. During winter you may feel cozy and indulge in a few extra drinks. Avoid it
  • Avoid binge eating during winter. Instead of eating large meals, concentrate on eating small and frequent meals.
  • Monitor your cardiovascular risk factors closely during winter
  • During winter, cholesterol level may fluctuate; hence, it is important to manage cholesterol level during winter, especially for those with borderline cholesterol levels. It is advisable to take cholesterol lowering medications during winter for borderline candidates
  • Do not stress your heart
  • Do not overdo anything during winter, including exercise. Give break and take rest
  • Do not go out in the early morning chill for a walk, instead you can reschedule your daily walk during evening.
  • Always keep yourself warn during winter, because hypothermia may lead to heart attack or heart failure. Always use some extra cover. Take bath with warm water only, do not do bravado and take bath in cold water. Avoid hypothermia at any cost.
  • Do not ignore minor symptoms of heart attack such as chest discomfort/pain, sweating during winter, breathlessness, pain in shoulders, neck or jaw
  • Consult your doctor immediately if you feel any discomfort, including the signs and symptoms of heart attack.
  • Keep at hand, certain medications for breathlessness and chest pain, which can be of great value during emergency

Keep the above aspects in mind, follow them, and remain free from heart problems during winter.

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1 Comment

  • Nick Othen January 29, 2014 01.43 pm

    Good post and excellent website. Some very good advice with this major problem.

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