Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

The Heart Needs to Work Harder During the Winter Season

By Randy Collins Subscribe to RSS | December 29th 2011 | Views:
loading
 
  



The human heart is an amazing organ. It is the only pump that works tirelessly, round the clock with perfect precision. However, in order for it to carry out its set task by beating rhythmically and without a murmur (pun intended) the conditions need to be favorable. It is not just the condition of the human body that needs to be perfect, the climate needs to be ideal as well.

During cold winter months when the temperature drops considerably, and it gets miserably cold, the blood vessels get constricted. This in turn will restrict the supply of blood to the heart. Reduced blood supply could well result in angina and/or blockage in the arteries and lead to a heart attack. People with high risk factors like high blood pressure, high level of cholesterol in the blood need to watch out. Diabetics and heavy smokers also need to take extra care as they fall in the high-risk category as well. Obesity is directly related to the normal functioning of the heart hence even people who border on obesity need to put in extra effort to keep the weight down. When there is a family history of heart disease and people suffering from congenital heart defects should be vigilant during the winter months.

The oxygen requirement of the heart increases drastically during the cold season as it has to work harder to keep the body warm. There could be a sudden surge in blood pressure levels early in the mornings which again could lead to complications or even an attack for people who are already prone to it. Reduction in daylight hours and the subsequent mad rush to complete assigned tasks before dusk is a major contributory factor as well. This could actually result in a change in the circadian rhythm or body clock. Anxiety caused due to work pressure results in increased heart rate and blood pressure and cortisol levels in the blood.

It is advisable to prepare well for any such contingencies. Exercising would be very good for the heart; however people who are afflicted already need to take care to start up slowly as the cardiovascular system can only adapt to slow and progressive changes. Gentle warming to begin with would be ideal. It is preferable to exercise for short periods of about 15 minutes and take small breaks to let the body recover. It is advisable not to drink coffee or smoke a cigarette during any such breaks as the very purpose would get defeated. People who are starting on a regimen of exercise for the first time need to take it a bit easy.

The idea is to train and not strain. It is advisable to consult a doctor before embarking, more importantly if one has been leading a sedentary life for a long time. A well planned diet, preferably after consulting a qualified dietician, would go a long way in leading a healthy and comfortable life without any complications. Inclusion of green leafy vegetables and a generous quantity of salads should be made a part of our daily food intake. Yoga and meditation are known to have worked wonders for most people. Surveys have proved that junk foods have led to a steady increase in the percentage of obesity and chronic heart ailments. Diabetics are prone to heart ailments as they normally do not feel any pain when the heart is overburdened and never even realize that they are having a heart attack when they are actually having one. All the more important for us to take precautionary measures rather than going for extended periods of medication. Let us resolve to endeavor to lead a healthy and happy life.

Randy Collins - About Author:
Randy Collins is a freelance writer and keenly follows updates on pressing health issues and likes to keep himself updated by watching related programs on Verizon FiOS TV.

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:
http://www.articleside.com/health-articles/the-heart-needs-to-work-harder-during-the-winter-season.htm

Related Health Articles Subscribe to RSS

How to get rid of various health problems?
Published by Jenny Decosta on July 20th 2012 | Health
Vain removal becomes in server cases when the vain starts to get prominent. This problem includes in...
 
It is health what you want
Published by Meghnath Kumar on April 11th 2012 | Health
There are some special supplements for the kids which mostly contain the components like vitamins an...
 
Let sleep be your health's buddy
Published by Loo821ql on January 19th 2012 | Health
Insomnia as we all know is sleeplessness - The absolute inability of a person to get a proper shut e...
 
Civet Coffee a sip of good health, great flavor and amazing aroma
Published by Ashish Pandey on February 2nd 2012 | Health
Civet coffee can offer amazing benefits to your overall health and can also give you flavor and arom...
 
Importance of health & safety signage to your employees
Published by William Jackson on May 3rd 2012 | Health
The safety of your employees is undoubtedly most important to you and to ensure the security and wel...
 
Female health services, birth control and abortion procedures in the Colorado area
Published by WomensHealth on March 22nd 2012 | Health
A sound knowledge of various aspects of pregnancy and birth control is always helpful for wholesome ...
 
BSN kaufen provides proper health care to all the persons
Published by Koerpertraum on May 21st 2012 | Health
Have you ever heard about the body sensor networks? Basically, it is the network of sensors which ar...
 
How a personal trainer can help with health maintenance
Published by Jack Biggalow on December 23rd 2011 | Health
The right health and fitness professional can empower you to work through your roadblocks. An issue ...
 
Online pharmacy paving way for enhanced and better health access
Published by Carsonmrtn08 on May 30th 2012 | Health
Health care professionals always form the top priority of any individual residing in any part of the...
 
Precisely how Surgical procedure and Weight Loss can certainly Modify your health
Published by David Flambert on July 17th 2012 | Health
Individuals who're overweight for numerous years and have tried many weight reduction applications b...
 
Fitness Equipment: dental professional of Good Medical insurance health
Published by Pitter James on December 17th 2011 | Health
It is not at all unexpected to find most program contractors like their exercise products like anyth...
 
Tips for good health and beauty in Hindi
Published by Poojarajput on July 31st 2012 | Health
Our daily life starts with morning newspapers or through news channels. These days, Hindi news media...
 
Cigarette smoking is injurious to health
Published by Vapourettes on February 1st 2012 | Health
These days, obsession of anything is not good plus almost all of the peoples are obsessed of smoking...
 
What are the best ways to market your retreat, health or wellbeing business?
Published by Tameera Kemp on December 2nd 2011 | Health
How are you benefiting from the wellness revolution? What are the best ways to market your retreat, ...
 
Protein bars and shakes for your health
Published by Editor123 on January 4th 2012 | Health
A typical example of protein shakes is that of ABB Pure Pro 50 (12 bottles). Each bottle contains 50...
 
Milwaukee home health care – Providing effective medication at home
Published by James Blee on December 21st 2011 | Health
Health industry is in the upswing these days as countries from over the world look to strengthen th...
 
Health Insurance options in Sydney for trouble-free health support
Published by Ben Bradshaw on March 3rd 2012 | Health

Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales (NSW) and Australia’s global city, is renowned...
 
Budgetting for your health and wellbeing
Published by Bgiles on August 7th 2012 | Health
Managing your money is good for your health....
 
Attain healthy health with Aloe Vera juice
Published by Carsonmrtn08 on June 30th 2012 | Health
Aloe Vera is known to play a versatile role in enhancing the defense system, digestive system as wel...
 
Consumer health care
Published by Jatinhira on March 20th 2012 | Health
Cholayil aimed to touch everyone's life with a range of quality Ayurveda health products, Ayurvedic ...