Updated: Dec 31, 2021
Today is Topic Tuesday at Aortic Hope!
With colder temperatures approaching certain areas across the country, please take a moment to read the below article. Remember, extremes in temperature, whether hot or cold, affect our blood pressure. Dress accordingly!
As stated in the British Heart Foundation in an article titled: Will Cold Weather Affect My Heart Condition, it is mentioned that:
"When it gets cold our bodies adjust to hold onto our core heat and stay warm. This adjustment can be harder for those with a heart condition.
The cold weather takes away your body heat so your heart needs to work harder to keep you warm. Your blood vessels will narrow so your heart can focus on pumping blood to your brain and other major organs.
Cold temperatures can cause:
your heart to pump faster
an increase in blood pressure
your heart to work harder than usual
your blood to thicken, which in worst cases can lead to blood clotting. This increases your risk of heart attacks and strokes.
During winter, it’s important to know the effects of cold weather on your body, and the risks for your heart health."
For more information, check out the article here.