How can people with coronary artery disease look after themselves in winter?

How can people with coronary artery disease look after themselves in winter?

It is found that people with heart disease have higher blood pressure in the winter. That’s because low temperatures cause blood your blood vessels to narrow, which increases blood pressure. These variations in blood pressure are more common in people age 65 and older.

Also, weight gain and less exercise are common in the winter months, causing higher blood pressure. If you are experiencing symptoms that are maybe caused by higher blood pressure such as headache, dizziness or blood pressure that is higher than normal, it is advisable to see a doctor for a consultation and those with CAD may need to adjust their medication to control blood pressure levels appropriately.

Aside from higher blood pressure, the winter months are also when other heart diseases occur. Chest pain due to coronary artery disease worsen in winter. Patients with cardiac arrhythmias also experience severity of illness during the winter.

During this period, those with CAD should keep their body warm by wearing the right

clothing so that the body does not lose more heat. Drinking alcohol to increase warmth may lead to neglect of oneself and therefore may lose heat very easily because of exposure to too much cold air at dangerous levels without being aware of it.

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