Thursday 19 January 2017

Keep warm to cut heart attack risk

Published 09/02/2016 | 02:30

Heart attacks are more common in colder weather
Heart attacks are more common in colder weather

Heart attacks are more common in winter. This may be because cold snaps increase blood pressure and put more strain on the heart.

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Your heart also has to work harder to maintain body heat when it's cold.

Stay warm in your home. Heat the main rooms you use to at least 18°C and use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed. Wrap up warm when you go out and wear a hat, scarf and gloves.

Raynaud's phenomenon is also a common condition that makes your fingers and toes change colour and become very painful in cold weather. Fingers can go white, then blue, then red, and throb and tingle. Don't smoke or drink caffeine as they can both worsen symptoms.

And always wear warm gloves, socks and shoes when going out in cold weather.

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