Drop in temperature may increase cardio-vascular disease risk

Drop in temperature may increase cardio-vascular disease risk

Kolkata, Jan 10 (IANS) Several factors such as a drop in body temperature, decreased level of vitamin D in the body and an increase of blood viscosity may heighten the risk of cardio-vascular diseases during the winter season, an expert said on Tuesday.

Besides a sudden dip in temperature during winter, high winds and rain often reduce body temperature, due to which there is a sudden spike in the blood pressure leading to a heart attack. The fall in body temperature in winter may increase blood viscosity which increases the risk of clot formation.

“Individuals above the age of 40 are at a higher risk of heart attacks. There are a number of factors which may trigger a heart attack during winter, starting from hypertension to obesity. Increasing cholesterol levels, diabetes or excessive smoking may put you on the radar,” said Prithwiraj Bhattacharya, Associate Consultant Cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur.

Scarce sunlight during winter may decrease levels of Vitamin D in the body. There are a number of physiological mechanisms triggered by vitamin D production through sunlight exposure that fight heart disease. An imbalance in any of these puts the heart in danger.

Bhattacharya also said there is a rise in blood pressure during early morning which further leads to a heart attack.

“Blood viscosity increases in winter that leads to heart attack for a person having higher blood pressure. A heart attack does not always come with warning signs. Though there aren’t any remedies as such, it is highly important to get a regular health check up during winters. Blood glucose and cholesterol levels should be taken care of. Also avoid binge drinking and junk food consumption as much as you can,” he added.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here