The Sunny but cold winter weather can be for people with cardiovascular disease, dangerous. The German heart Foundation advises heart patients to overexert themselves at temperatures below the freezing point. Studies have shown that certain heart diseases in the winter months to increase. People with these diseases should therefore be careful:

coronary heart disease (CHD) after a heart attack Angina pectoris high blood pressure heart failure, atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis

In addition, there is first evidence of a link between the colder months of the year, and the more frequent Occurrence of strokes , pulmonary embolism , and certain cardiac arrhythmia .

the reason for the additional burden for the heart: the Case of low temperatures can constrict the blood vessels in the skin and other body regions. As a result, the blood pressure rises and the heart has to pump blood against a greater resistance by the body. The constant stress can damage the heart muscle and blood vessel walls.

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to avoid The German heart Foundation advises Concerned, a great effort. In the case of minus degrees of heart patients should wrap to protect the best a scarf around mouth and nose so that the air already preheated in the respiratory tract. Who gets the Sport out there shortness of breath, should immediately return to the Warm and the symptoms of a doctor to clarify. These alarm signals for a heart attack everyone should know:

severe pain, massive tight feeling an intense Burning Nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath and pain in the upper abdomen anxiety sweat with cold, pale skin

In the icy temperatures people with cardiovascular diseases should Schwabing sporting activities inside lay , advises Stefan Sack, chief physician of the clinic for cardiology, pneumology and Internistic intensive care medicine and the emergency centre of the Munich clinic. “Also, when skiing, it should leave people with an increased risk of slow down on strenuous winter sports Outdoor activities.”

He advises, in addition, drugs, in consultation with the doctor in the morning , because the blood pressure is usually highest. In case of acute chest, the patient should have pain in addition, a nitro spray as a rescue drug. People with coronary pre-existing conditions should be left to the snow and chipping also prefer other .

in addition, it is important to keep warm at home . “Afraid of high Heating costs, many people in the Winter, heating is not correct, a cold home can increase the blood pressure significantly,” says Sack.

Even people without pre-existing conditions should protect yourself from the cold. While it is not proven that thin clothes more colds, but at low temperatures, viruses survive for longer periods of time without the host. In addition, many spend the Winter and more time together in closed spaces, which increases the risk of Infection. Heating air also dries the mucous membranes and makes pathogens easier to implant.

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if you want to avoid infections, you should wash air regularly, hand and distance to Infected keep . Have made however, pathogens wide, the only Cure . Only when no cold symptoms occur, Affected to take part in sports. “Who goes in spite of cold, Jogging or otherwise sports power, burdened the heart and risked serious health consequences,” warns bag. “You should already be a heart muscle disorder, can also cause life-threatening heart rhythm disorders.”


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