Does cold weather affect your heart?
Yes, the risk of cardiovascular diseases will rise in Fall and Winter.
As the weather gets colder in Fall and Winter, the stimulation of cold often causes blood vessels to constrict and heartbeat to speed up, making it easier for heart attacks, heart failure and other heart diseases to occur.
Attention: In addition to keeping warm and adjusting medication to keep blood pressure stable, you must pay attention to the following heart disease warning signs.
1. Chest pain
Chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack, typically make you feel like a stone pressing against the chest. Moreover, the pain may also appear in the left shoulder, jaw, and possibly in the stomach.
Heart attack is a disease that can kill you at any time! If you experience chest pain, go to the hospital promptly so that your doctor can determine if it is a heart attack.
If you go to the hospital because of stomach pain or shoulder pain, your doctor recommends checking the EKG (electrocardiogram).
Of course you can test EKG in you home by yourself with a portable EKG monitor (click here to know more, see pics as following).
Palpitations are a common symptom of cardiac arrhythmia. Some people may feel that their heart has missed a beat, while others may suddenly feel a series of rapid, irregular heartbeats.
If you feel palpitations occasionally, it is usually not a big problem, mostly related to exertion and mental state; but if palpitations occur frequently, it may be a manifestation of disease, like some arrhythmias, hyperthyroidism, etc.
In the absence of hunger, exertion, etc., the presence of palpitations, along with dizziness, is likely to be signs of the more dangerous ventricular arrhythmia, which should not be taken lightly but to be treated immediately in the hospital.
3. Syncope (Fainting)
Syncope is a sudden, transient loss of consciousness that can recover on its own. The occurrence of syncope means that there is a transient abnormality in the blood supply to the brain.
Among patients with hypertension, this condition is likely to be a transient ischemic attack, implying an increased risk of stroke. And measures of prevention must be actively taken to minimize the risk of stroke.
Patients with hypertension who often feel tired and fatigued for no apparent reason may have an abnormally functioning heart. It is recommended that heart health lab tests be performed as soon as possible.
5. Breathing difficulties
Whether it is heart disease, or lung disease, it can cause shortness of breath and dyspnea.
For patients with hypertension, it is more important to be alert to shortness of breath and dyspnea that occurs at night, especially if you are woken up in your sleep and must sit up to breathe normally, which is likely to be a sign of heart failure. Once it occurs, go to the hospital in time to check the heart function and adjust the medication to avoid deterioration of the condition.
How to take care of your heart?
In addition to paying attention to the symptoms mentioned above, it is even more important to take care of your heart in general.
- Control blood pressure and blood sugar well.
- Refuse to smoke or to breathe second-hand smoke.
- Develop a good habit of regular exercise.
- Keep adopting a healthy diet.
- Have regular medical checkups to know your heart health.
- Monitor your heart every day with a 24-hour holter monitor. Know and record your heart condition analyzed by Wellue AI algorithm. Share your AI ECG report with your family doctor.
Personal Healthcare Expert. MS in Sleep Apnea & Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Johns Hopkins University.