If you are a heart patient you might be concerned about how the cold weather affects your heart. The body constricts blood flow to the skin to conserve heat, which also raises blood pressure. Many experience angina when active in cold weather.
Advice for how to manage angina related to cold includes:
- Do a warm up indoors to dilate the blood vessels and get heart rate slightly elevated before outdoor exertion
- Create a zone of warmer air to breath by using a scarf, mask or parka
- Avoid large meals and alcohol before exerting outdoors. Blood flow gets diverted and doesn’t go to the heart or exercising muscles instead it works to digest the food.
- Discuss using nitroglycerine before activity with your healthcare practitioner. Using the nitro to dilate the vessels prior to cold air exposure is a method used by some.
Snow Shoveling for Heart Patients
- Warm up, do some light exertion to dilate the…
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