- Smoking and alcohol intake also contribute to high blood pressure A test indicates whether you have hypertension
Blood pressure is a common condition Health problem facing almost 50% of our population. In most cases it is hypertension (when people's blood pressure is higher than necessary). High blood pressure can cause severe discomfort ranging from heart and kidney failure to damaged arteries and eyes. The most well-known cause of hypertension (BP) is the food. Consuming high sodium content, ie too much salt, can lead to high blood pressure. Other lifestyle habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption also contribute to high blood pressure. But there is another cause of hypertension that is overlooked: cold climate.
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Winter not only arouses the mind, but also the body, especially the blood pressure. Research indicates that cooler temperatures may increase blood pressure, aggravating the situation for those already affected. This can lead to a stroke or heart attack. This is not just limited to patients with high blood pressure in the past. Even people with normal blood pressure, d. Lower blood pressure than 120/80 mmHg may cause problems due to cooler temperatures.
Not only the temperature change but also the rate of change has an effect on your blood pressure. The faster the temperature changes, the higher the risk of high blood pressure. When the weather suddenly cools, our veins shrink. Tight veins mean more pressure to squeeze blood. This can lead to increased pressure on the heart and veins and severely damage the body. Therefore, special care is needed in winter. Not only from the cold, but also from a possible high blood pressure incident; Older people may be particularly sensitive to temperature issues this season. Here are some tips to make sure your blood pressure stays normal:
Monitor Your Blood Pressure: First and foremost, check your blood pressure regularly. A simple test will tell you if you already have high blood pressure or not. This information will make it easier to find in winter.
Check the Salts: Especially if you are a hypertensive patient, reduce your salts. Eat rich in nutrients that lower the pressure. Also avoid fats and sugar. Try to eat a lot of fruit and juices.
Warm up: Not the kind that works in sports. Warm up by wearing an extra layer of wool or thermos over your clothing. This relaxes your veins and leads to normal blood pressure. Scarves, hats, gloves, etc. can always help keep the showers away
No Smoke Protection Policy: If you are a smoker, try to avoid it in the winter. Smoking is already considered to be the cause of high blood pressure, and with the winter on the side, your blood pressure will rise.
No Drinking Policy: It can calm your neck and warm your body for a short while the winter, but it causes high blood pressure. Avoid as much alcohol as possible. Instead, choose hot drinks such as tea, coffee, etc.
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Controlled physical activity: Staying fit this season is a big advantage It helps you stay in shape and keep your heart healthy. Avoid getting out early, but go out when it's a bit warmer and sunnier.
Contributions by Dr. med. Farah Ingale, Internal Medicine, Hiranandani Hospital Vashi – Fortis Network Hospital (1945),
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Written by: Arushi Bidhuri
Source: Onlymyhealth Editorial Staff January 1, 2019