High Blood Pressure in Cold Weather

Do you know your blood pressure may rise when temperature drops.

That’s because low temperatures cause your blood vessels to narrow -which increases blood pressure because more pressure is needed to force blood through your narrowed veins and arteries. You should check your blood pressure frequently, particularly in winter; you may need adjustments in your lifestyle as well. . A study from American heart association reveals that blood pressure is higher in winter. The research showed that blood pressures were consistently higher during the winter in 60 percent of the veterans studied.

What happens when constant rise in blood pressure:

If the heart is pumping against high pressure for a long time, like any other muscle it thickens and eventually becomes less effective. Damage can occur to the heart or other organs such as the brain, kidneys, and eyes. Over time, hypertension raises the risk for stroke, heart attack, heart failure and kidney disease.

How to maintain blood pressure:

  • Check your blood pressure frequently.
  • Exercise regularly (30 minutes of moderate intensity activity, such as brisk walking, five days a week).
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet (Low salt diet, low fat diet, more fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid excess alcohol, having no more than one drink daily for women and two for men and if you are a smoker quit it.
  • If you are on medication you may need to adjust doses so consult your doctor.

Articles You May Like