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Five ways to take care of heart during winter

Five ways to take care of heart during winter|

Do you know that risk of heart failure increases in winter.  

The most common symptoms of heart failure are relevant to mention here. These are shortness of breath, swelling in the legs and feet, feeling tired quickly and a fast heart rate, weakness, dizziness.

Reasons for why heart failure is more likely to happen in winters are as follows,

Because of cold weather smog & pollutants settle on ground leading to chest infections & breathing problems.

In winters the BP rises and coronary arteries shrinks leading to lack of blood supply.

Due to weather change various respiratory infections are more common.

Ways to prevent it 

People with weak heart should be particularly careful during winter season. Though they should continue to exercise regularly, they should modify their timings, so as to avoid extreme weather.

Salt & water intake should be reduced as there is no loss to sweating.

Regularly monitor BP and if detected high, should be properly treated.

Avoiding infections is another important aspect and before the onset of the season, influenza & pneumonia vaccines should be taken so as to prevent chest infections.

If symptoms of infections are seen they should be promptly treated with proper use of antibiotics.

How to detect it

One thing that can be easily done at home is, measuring your fluid intake and urine output. If your urine output is consistently less that means fluid is getting accumulated in lungs and sooner it will reflect as heart failure symptoms.

A good surrogate method to measure fluid retention is to record your weight daily. And if you gain 2 kg weight in three days this means that you are retaining fluid and you should consult your doctor.

Originally Published In The Times Of India

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