A drop in temperature can significantly impact your heart’s health. The main reason behind this is the contraction of blood vessels. A dip in the temperature causes the blood vessels to contract, which can lead to a rise in blood pressure. This in turn increases the risk of a heart attack and stroke. Chest pain, also called angina, can get worse in winters due to coronary heart disease. If you are wondering how to maintain your cardiovascular health for the winters, here are some tips that will help you: –
Get your Cholesterol under control
The levels of cholesterol fluctuate significantly when the seasons change. During winters, the cholesterol level is higher than normal. If you have high cholesterol, you are at risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases during winter. So, it becomes essential that you keep your cholesterol level in check.
Go easy on yourself
Avoid going overboard and exhausting yourself. Try to give yourself some rest and take frequent breaks when doing work that exerts your heart, so that it doesn’t get overstressed, even if it means that you have to alter your work regime.
Take small meals
Winter is the time where people tend to eat more than they normally do. But eating a large meal at one go can put unnecessary load on your heart. To avoid it, try eating small meals at regular intervals. Doing this helpskeep your metabolism working. It also helps in controlling blood sugar and keeping one’s weight under control.
Avoid early morning walk
The early morning time in winter might look appealing for taking a walk, but be aware of the fact that low temperature in the morning can harm your heart, especially on extremely chilly days. You can, instead, go for a walk in the evening when it is still sunny.
“Drinking alcohol will help you stay warm.” It may be beneficial when consumed in small amounts (not that we endorse it),but too much of alcohol consumption can cause irregular heartbeats and atrial fibrillation. So, if you must drink, do it in moderation.
Keep yourself warm
As mentioned earlier, low temperature causes the blood vessels to contract, thereby making it difficult for the heart to circulate blood. A simple way to overcome this problem is to keep yourself clothed with sufficiently warm clothing.
Always be ready
Always keep prescription medicine(s) handy to help resolve any complaints of breathlessness or chest pain. There are quite a few medicines in the market that can help alleviate chest pain and act as an emergency pill in case you suffer from a heart attack. Make sure that you consult your doctor before buying such pills.
Never ignore the signs
Don’t ignore any signs of discomfort in your chest. Other symptoms such as severe sweating, pain in the neck, arms jaws and shoulders and shortness of breath might be precursor to a heart attack.If you have these symptoms, visit a doctor immediately.
Regular health checkup
Getting regular health checkup, especially if you suffer from a heart condition, can help you in keeping fit and avert an emergency.When doing that, prefer a comprehensive cardiac package so that every aspect is tested, for a more thorough diagnosis.
The winter season is not just about keeping yourself warm and the infections at bay, but also about keeping an eye on your cardiovascular health.Keep these tips in mind to better look after your cardiovascular health.