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Winter and bitter cold temperatures pose danger for those with heart disease and especially for older adults. Understanding your personal heart attack risk is vitally important during winter months. It is also important to be aware of the threats cold weather can bring and take appropriate precautions to ensure your safety.

 

Safety Tips for Cold Weather:

  • Avoid alcohol as it gives you a false sense of warmth and can cause your heart to work harder.
  • Don’t overdo it, start your morning off slow. The cardiovascular system can adapt to slow, progressive change. Avoid sudden exertion like shoveling snow and take frequent breaks.
  • Prevent hypothermia by wearing a hat and layers of clothing to protect you from
    cold temperatures. Older adults have lower subcutaneous fat and are more prone to suffer from hypothermia.
  • Remain hydrated and drink water regularly to prevent overexertion and dehydration.
  • Breathe through your nose in cold weather; your nose has various defense mechanisms to prevent impurities and excessively cold air entering your body.

 

If you would like to learn more about a heart-healthy lifestyle, visit our therapy department. Physical and Occupational therapists can help you to develop a healthier lifestyle and reduce many of the risk factors that cause cardiac conditions. Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to help you control your symptoms and resume an active and productive life within the limits of your condition.

 

References: American Heart Association

Did you know that the heart is the hardest working muscle in your body? The heart beats 115,000 times a day, pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body. Because the heart works so hard, we need to do our best to take care of it.

By keeping your heart healthy, you decrease your chances for heart disease which can be a very serious condition. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Take a look at these heart healthy tips to find out what changes you could make today!

Heart Healthy Eating  Did you know foods you eat each day can have a big impact on the health of your heart? Limit foods high in sugar and fat. Instead eat more vegetables, nuts, fish, and chicken. Nutritionists recommend 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day to help prevent disease.

Maintain a Healthy Weight  Obesity can cause high cholesterol, high blood pressure and lead to type 2 diabetes. Losing just 10lbs can have a great impact on lowering blood pressure and reducing risk for heart disease.

Stay Active  You are never too old to exercise. Just like any other muscle in the body, the heart needs exercise to stay healthy. Research shows that exercising 30 minutes a day, 4-5 times each week helps to control blood pressure and strengthen our heart and bones.

 

Easy Heart Healthy Snack • POPCORN SNACK MIX
Try popcorn that’s popped in healthy oil then lightly sprinkle with dark-chocolate chips and nutrient-rich pistachios

 

Implementing these heart healthy changes into your life can help you prevent heart disease or improve your condition if you’re already suffering from heart disease. If you currently suffer from a cardiac/cardiopulmonary condition, talk to your doctor about your treatment plan and ask if Physical or Occupational therapy can help. Cardiac Rehabilitation programs are designed to help you control your symptoms and resume an active and productive life within the limits of your condition.

 


Sources: Live Strong, CDC, Heart.org, Healthline

Thanks to today’s quality post cardiac rehabilitation programs, these days more and more people manage to survive severe heart problems that often cause millions of fatalities worldwide.  This quality care allows cardiac patients to avoid further complications and make positive changes to enhance their life expectancy and improve their overall heart health. Read more