High Blood Pressure and Cold Weather

Do Cold Temperatures Pose a Health Risk for High Blood Pressure Sufferers?

It’s January and every high blood pressure sufferer should be aware of the fact that the cold weather can increase your risk of heart attack and strokes. Individuals who suffer from high blood pressure are at an increased risk during the summer months. I’m not relaying this information in order to worry or scare you, but it’s important to be as informed as possible when you suffer from high blood pressure.

C is For Cold, C is For Constricting

You might be wondering just exactly how cold weather can affect individuals with high blood pressure. Basically, exposure to cold weather can cause a person’s arteries to constrict. As a result, high blood pressure can result. During cold weather, individuals need more blood to maintain their body temperature which is what leads to an increase in blood pressure as your body tries to pump enough blood to keep you warm. The cold weather also causes your blood to thicken. This can be a disaster for someone with high blood pressure because you will experience increased clot formation which increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Limit Your Risk

If you suffer from high blood pressure, there are some things you can do. Limit your outdoor exposure during the winter months particularly when it is really cold. Pick indoor forms of physical activity. Joining a gym or local fitness facility can be a great way to make sure you get the exercise you need without being exposed to the cold unnecessarily. Many malls have programs early in the morning, and they accommodate individuals who want to walk. So head indoors to walk rather than outdoors during the winter months.

Dress warmly during the winter months when you are headed outdoors. High blood pressure sufferers will definitely benefit from a warm hat, scarf, and gloves. Keeping your head and hands warm can help your whole body stay warm, and this is incredibly important for high blood pressure sufferers.

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