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Safeguarding Your Heart in the Cold: Insights Amidst Dangerous Weather

Dec 23, 2022
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As temperatures drop during the colder months, it's essential to be aware of the cold’s potential risks to vascular and cardiovascular health. 

Recently, CardioVascular Health Clinic cardiologist Dr. Lance Garner told News 9 that people with pre-existing conditions are at greater risk during these cold spells since extreme temperatures like these have our hearts working harder to keep our organs warm. 

In this video, he discussed key issues and a crucial warning about the dangers of cold weather on our hearts. 

Prioritizing your vascular and cardiovascular well-being can make a significant difference in staying healthy and safe in the cold and all year long. 

Continue reading to learn valuable tips to help you safeguard your heart during the colder months. 

The Cold Weather and Your Heart: Understanding the Risks 

Cold weather can significantly impact vascular and cardiovascular health, particularly for individuals with pre-existing heart conditions. 

Plummeting temperatures can lead to narrowed blood vessels, increased blood pressure, and heightened strain on the heart. 

These factors can exacerbate heart conditions, making it vital to take proactive steps to protect your heart's well-being during this hazardous weather.

How to Protect Your Heart in Frigid Conditions 

Dr. Garner and our team of cardiovascular specialists believe that following these essential guidelines, outlined below, can help reduce your risk of heart-related issues in the cold:

  • Dress in layers to maintain body heat and prevent sudden temperature drops that may strain the heart.
  • Minimize exposure to extreme cold, especially if you have a heart condition, by opting for indoor activities whenever possible.
  • Ensure your living spaces are adequately heated to prevent unnecessary stress on your vascular and cardiovascular systems.
  • Stay hydrated
  • If you engage in outdoor exercise, do so cautiously, and be mindful of any signs of discomfort or strain on your heart.
  • Regularly check in on your heart health, especially if you have a history of heart conditions, and seek medical attention if needed.

Empowering You for a Heart-Healthy Winter in Oklahoma

Prioritize your heart's well-being and confidently embrace a heart-healthy winter this year. 

By being aware of the potential dangers and following Dr. Garner’s advice, you can protect your vascular and cardiovascular health during the colder months of the year.

Taking proactive measures helps you navigate this challenging weather while maintaining vascular and cardiovascular health and vitality.

Are you ready to learn more about the impact of the cold on vascular and cardiovascular health? Access the full video and article now, or contact us directly today.

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