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Cold Weather Precautions for People with Heart Disease

Cold Weather Precautions for People with Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month. Throughout February, medical experts will emphasize raising awareness for common heart health issues impacting individuals throughout the country. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the greatest health threat to Americans and the leading cause of death worldwide.

At South Denver Cardiology Associates, we want to commemorate American Heart Month by providing some important tips on maintaining optimal heart health during the cold winter weather we experience in the Denver area. If you have heart disease, it’s especially crucial that you take precautions to protect your heart during cold weather. The cold weather can trigger heart attacks and many other serious heart conditions. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce this risk.

Why Does Cold Weather Negatively Impact Heart Health?

Cold weather places additional stress on your body and forces you to make physiological adjustments to maintain a proper core body temperature. While these adjustments are manageable for people with healthy hearts, they create challenges for heart disease individuals.

Your body may experience the following changes as it tries to cope with cold temperatures:

Also, it’s more common to engage in strenuous physical activity in cold weather. Activities such as shoveling heavy snow or trudging through deep snow accumulations can place a strain on your heart. This strain is much more dangerous for individuals with heart disease and may increase their risk of a heart attack during the winter months.

6 Important Winter Precautions to Minimize Your Risk of Heart Issues

While it’s a good idea for everyone to take precautions in the cold weather, the following tips are especially crucial for individuals suffering from heart disease:

South Denver Cardiology Associates Can Help

At South Denver Cardiology Associates, we offer comprehensive clinical cardiology services to address just about any heart condition you may experience. Our team will educate you on important steps you should take daily to manage your heart condition. This may involve lifestyle changes or some of the winter heart health tips listed above.

Also, we offer a variety of services to help you take control of your heart health. These include:

Please contact us today to schedule an appointment. South Denver Cardiology Associates serves patients in Denver, Littleton, and throughout the surrounding areas of Colorado.

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