Cold can affect the heart, especially people who have heart failure. Some medical studies suggest that harsh winter weather may increase a person’s risk for heart attacks due to overexertion

The Pumping Marvellous Foundation
The Pumping Marvellous Foundation – the UK’s heart failure charity

Here are some tips for you-

• People who are outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, like lifting a heavy shovel full of snow. Even walking through heavy, wet snow or snow drifts can strain a person’s heart.

• To keep warm, wear layers of clothing. This traps air between layers, forming a protective insulation. Also, wear a hat or head scarf. Heat can be lost through your head. Keep your hands and feet warm.

• Don’t drink alcoholic beverages before going outdoors or when outside. Alcohol gives an initial feeling of warmth, because blood vessels in the skin expand. Heat is then drawn away from the body’s vital organs

Preparation is key and think of all the eventualities and make sure if you do venture out you inform somebody where you are going and when you are going to be back, it might save your life. Oh and dont forget your mobile phone!

 

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