In the cold realization of winter, our hearts need a little extra TLC. Let’s be kind to our ticker by embracing heart-smart habits. Picture it: a brisk winter walk, the crisp air invigorating our circulation, not to mention the added layer of snow-induced stress. Warm, hearty food becomes our comforting ally, filling our plates with the love our hearts desire. Hydration, often overlooked in the cold of winter, whispers the promise of wellness.
In the frigid air, protect your heart with the warmth of mindfulness and self-care. Regular check-ins with healthcare buddies make our heart journey less lonely and more human. Winter becomes not just a season but a gracious embrace for our hearts.
In an interaction with Zee News English, Dr VC Chauhan, cardiologist at Bailal Amin General Hospital, Vadodara shared how individuals can monitor their heart health during winters to prevent high blood pressure and possible heart attacks.
Here are some tips for managing heart health in winter:
1. Maintain and monitor heart health consistently, with heightened awareness during winter when cold weather can trigger heart-related problems.
2. Recognize that both heart attack (ischemic heart disease) and hypertension are primarily influenced by lifestyle choices.
3. Understand that hypertension is the number one risk factor for ischemic heart disease (IHD). Choose light meals and aim to eat dinner before sunset or at least three hours before bedtime.
4. In winter, especially during Diwali and wedding season, tame your taste buds. Home-cooked meals are preferable to tempting but unhealthy options at events.
5. Beware of fried and salty foods, known culprits for high blood pressure and heart disease.
6. Although morning walks are beneficial, avoid strenuous exercise, especially after a heavy meal and in cold weather, as these factors can increase the risk of heart attack.
7. Adopt a healthy lifestyle without increasing calorie intake, stay active even in winter.
8. Choose seasonal fruits and vegetables for a nutritious diet.
9. In cold climates, be aware of blood clotting tendencies. Avoid prolonged sitting, especially if at high risk.
Recognize that young people are also at risk of heart attack and should adopt the same healthy lifestyle and preventive measures as older people. Understand that preventative measures should be a shared commitment across all age groups for overall heart health.