Its both shocking and surprising to realize the list of things that can trigger a heart attack and cold temperature is one among them.
Heart needs oxygen-dense blood to function properly. Sometimes, fat, cholesterol and other substances (all together known as plaque) in the arteries break out and blood clot happens around this plaque that either blocks or restricts blood flow to the heart. Cold temperatures can sometimes trigger this heart block process too.
The Underlying Current between Cold Weather & Heart Attack
Freezing temperatures can stimulate constriction of blood vessels. In someone whose blood vessel is already constricted due to some heart condition, further thinning can block blood supply to vital organs. It is not mandatory that chilling temperatures should evoke a heart attack. It can also restrict blood flow to the heart that can cause chest pain, which is an indication of coronary artery disease. Along with coronary heart disease, the cold weather outside can also elevate your risk of other cardiovascular diseases as it puts a strain on your heart and circulatory system.
One research also puts forward the fact that, chilling temperatures can increase the risk of ischaemic stroke in individuals with atrial fibrillation. Are these terms mind-boggling? Understand their relevance and consequences at www.firsteatright.com.
If it is snowing outside and you rush out to shovel it away, such sudden activity along with the cold temperature can strain the blood vessels that feed the heart and your brain. Your risk is further increased, if you lead an inactive lifestyle.
Symptoms of heart attack include squeezing, fullness, pain in chest or other parts of the body, breathlessness and haphazard BP rates.
Stroke symptoms are “FAST” that include face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty and time to call ambulance.
Buck Up Fast to Fight Off Chillness
Cold weather is not going to affect a healthy individual and increase his/her risk of a cardiovascular illness such as heart attack or stroke. Sometimes, the individual having the disease isn’t even aware of its presence until he/she experiences heart attack or stroke. Take precautionary measures to reduce your exposure to heart attack risks with these steps:
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.