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6 Strategies to Avoid a Wintertime Heart Attack

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6 Strategies to Avoid a Wintertime Heart Attack

Whatever their cause, heart symptoms should never be taken lightly—especially during the winter months.
According to Cynthia Thaik, M.D., a cardiologist and member of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, research has shown that cardiovascular deaths spike by about 18 percent as the days shorten and the weather cools.

Why do cardiovascular concerns increase in winter?

Cold weather, being indoors more often, stress, lack of vitamin D and changes in the daylight to nighttime ratio all play a role in increasing a person’s overall risk of cardiac problems during the winter, says Thaik.
There’s also something about the holiday season that seems to be hard on the heart—Christmas and New Year’s top the list of dangerous days for cardiovascular problems and death.

And, according to recent research, it doesn’t seem to matter whether you live in icy Wisconsin, or sunny Florida—the winter months can still take a toll on your ticker.

Researchers from the University of New Mexico discovered that people who lived in Texas, Georgia, Arizona and Los Angeles experienced the same jump in heart-death risk as those residing in cooler states, such as Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Read on to discover 6 strategies for preventing a wintertime heart attack

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How Winter Woes Can Wreak Havoc on Your Heart originally appeared on AgingCare.com.
 

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11:41PM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

Very positive

2:57AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks for posting.

12:15PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

Great article; we all need reminding of how to keep ourselves healthy. Thank you for posting X

7:56PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

good tips

9:21AM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Thanks for the info... my biggest problem is not being able to get out and walk when it's too cold and/or icy... *sigh*

2:35PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

thanks, remember your health is most important asset...especially if you want to be there for your family, so I encourage following these tips....

get your flu shot, take it easy when shovelling snow, and try to get sunlight when you can....dress warm, keep hydrated, and continue to wash hands & cover your cough and ask others to do the same...

2:21PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

n a recent study, it was noted that in winter average blood pressure is higher - suggesting a 25-35% higher risk for heart attacks and heart failure in winter. We need to monitor blood pressure esp in winter and compared to our baseline in summer to manage the risk better. Read more at www.blipcare.com/blog

5:55AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Great advice. Don't forget the one piece of advice that could save your life if having a heart attack or stroke. If you suspect an attack, chew a couple of aspirins Whilst still conscious/waiting for the emergency services. This simple measure has saved many a life Xx

9:34PM PST on Feb 2, 2013

I like the advice to not be an early bird. It's always puzzled me why those who get up early are seen as somehow morally superior to those who like to sleep late. What's the difference? We all get the same amount of sleep; we just go to bed and get up at different times. I believe in listening to your body, and in winter mine tells me to snuggle under the doona with my cat as a foot warmer.

10:16AM PST on Jan 20, 2013

Good advice. Moderation in all things!

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