Cold weather and your heart

Is there a link between cold weather and your heart health? As winter approaches, you may start to notice a drastic change in the temperature. If you suffer from a heart condition, the winter weather may put you at an increased risk of developing complications. Here are some important things that you might want to know this winter!

The cold weather can do damage to anyone; however, elderly people and very young children are at an increased risk, due to the fact that it is harder for them to regulate their temperature. Even if you do not fit in to either of these categories you should still look out for yourself and your high-risk friends, family and neighbours.

Here are some simple tips that can help you to stay safe this winter:

  • Try to avoid going out when it is cold

  • Stay active while you are at home

  • Have hot meals and drinks throughout the day

  • Wrap up when you are in the house or going out

  • Get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluid if you come down with a cold

Many people know that in the winter months they are at an increased risk of developing flu (seasonal influenza). Although this virus is around all year, the infection rate increases a lot over the winter months. For people who suffer from an underlying heart condition, the flu can become quite serious. It might be a good idea to talk to your GP or community nurse about possibly having the flu vaccination. This is free for over 65’s or individuals that suffer from a long-term health condition such as asthma or diabetes.

If you develop flu like symptoms contact your GP as soon as possible to ensure that you do not need any medical assistance or prescription medication. So the short answer – is yes, there is a link between the cold weather and your heart health, but even more so your overall health.

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.