Be careful when clearing snow… must be observed carefully

It is best to avoid strenuous exercise outdoors in winter. [사진=게티이미지뱅크]
Winter can be an unpleasant season for people with heart disease. This is because you need to pay more attention to your health care.

When the temperature goes down, the blood vessels constrict. to pump blood throughout the body. Through this, the temperature of each organ can be kept warm and heat loss can be minimized. However, narrowing of the blood vessels means that the heart has to work harder. Your blood pressure rises and the stress on your heart increases.

For those with healthy arteries, vasoconstriction in winter is not a big problem. On the other hand, it can be a big risk for people who have narrowed arteries for various reasons. It can cause chest tightness or increase the risk of heart attack. Strenuous activity, such as walking briskly in strong winds or shoveling snow, increases the risk of heart attack.

Dr. Brendan Merchant, a cardiologist at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, pointed out that “exercising in heavy snow puts more strain on the heart than usual.” If you do, you need to do it slowly and carefully observe how this movement affects your body. In the case of those with heart disease or poor blood vessel health, it is better not to overdo it with snow clearing.

Harvard Health Publishing pointed out, “Even those who usually exercise early in the morning or in the evening should adjust their schedule in the winter.”

If your body temperature rises from exercise, it is good to wear several thin layers so that you can take off your clothes to keep warm. If your body temperature rises excessively suddenly, your blood pressure drops quickly, causing dizziness or dizziness.

Winter is also the season when the number of patients with respiratory infections increases. “Influenza, COVID-19 and other infections can make heart disease worse, so it’s really important to stay up to date on all recommended vaccines on time,” Merchant said.


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