Navigation Links
Cold Weather Can Increase Heart Disease Risks

American Heart Association urges citizens to take precautionary steps

DALLAS, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Frostbite and icy falls aren't the only dangers of winter weather. It's also a time when you should take care to protect your heart, especially if you have heart disease. Following are a few tips from the American Heart Association:

Cardiovascular Disease and the Flu

Every year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about 36,000 people die from influenza (flu) and more than 200,000 are hospitalized due to complications from it. In addition, scientific studies have shown that death from the flu is more common among people with cardiovascular disease than any other chronic condition.

While heart patients are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as flu shots are available, they should not be deterred if they did not get one early in the season. You can still benefit by getting the shot as late as December or even January, because the flu season often lasts well into March.

"Heart patients need to be as vigilant about preventing flu as they are about managing their cholesterol and blood pressure," said Harlan Krumholz, M.D., spokesperson for the American Heart Association and a professor of internal medicine and cardiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. "Getting a flu shot is an important way for people with heart disease to lower their risk."

Decongestants and High Blood Pressure

Heart patients who catch the flu or a cold this season should consider the medications they take to alleviate their symptoms. Most over-the-counter cold and flu products contain decongestants, and people with high blood pressure should know that using decongestants may raise blood pressure. Some common decongestants in over-the-counter medications include pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine. If you have high blood pressure, talk to your doctor before choosing an over-the-counter cold or flu medication.

For more information on blood pressure and decongestants, visit

Snow shoveling and cardiac emergencies

Cardiovascular events like sudden cardiac arrest may increase during cold winter months, research shows. Activities like shoveling snow, often done by those who don't get regular physical activity, can trigger such cardiovascular emergencies. People who suffer cardiac arrest need CPR immediately, or they're unlikely to survive more than 10 to 12 minutes.

As temperatures drop, the American Heart Association encourages you to learn to save a life with Family & Friends CPR Anytime. The program is designed to be used at home and takes less than 30 minutes to learn. Everything needed to learn CPR comes in one kit -- inflatable manikin, instructional DVD and resource booklet. Multiple family members can use one CPR Anytime kit, so for less than $30 everyone can be prepared to save a life. For more information about ordering, visit or call (877) 242-4277.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim over 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2005-06 the association invested more than $543 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

SOURCE American Heart Association
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Parke-Davis (India) runs into rough weather – Court orders attachment of asset
2. No link between bad weather and rheumatism
3. Weather Found To Play An Important Role In Cholesterol Levels
4. Breast-fed Children Weather Digestive Disease
5. Delhi Faces Flu Threat Due To Change In Weather
6. Ticks like Sunny Weather
7. Cold Weather deaths on the rise
8. Experts Use Weather to Predict Disease
9. Smog in Warm Weather may Contribute to Stroke Risks in Elderly: Study
10. Weather Forecasts Spring Pollen Allergy Severity
11. Chinas Three Gorges Dam Changing Local Weather: Scientists
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... Many people know of the common symptoms of low thyroid hormone (also ... many people who find their cholesterol levels and weight are creeping up are more ... they don’t have any of the other symptoms. , Thyroid hormone plays a major ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Genesis Chiropractic Software ... software creates an agreement between the practice owner and the patient that automatically ... notification, and projections. Click here to learn more. , ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... ... Charitable giving is at its peak during the holidays. In fact, ... the year totalling over $358 billion in 2014. With more than 1.5 million ... individuals who want to “give back” during the holidays. , “With so many charities ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... The ... comes to several aspects of orthopedic care. They have received recognition for excellence ... general orthopedic care. , Becker's Hospital Review selected hospitals for inclusion based ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 2015 , ... In response to recent news highlighting Oxycodone fraud, Novus Medical ... the United States grew 400 percent between 1999 and 2010, far more than the ... percent of all fatal drug overdoses. (1) , While oxycodone and the extended release ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... N.Y. , Nov. 24, 2015 Avery ... System, is pleased to announce the appointment of ... Dr. ... pediatric cardiology at Children,s Hospital, Uppsala University, Uppsala and ... From 1984-1986, he was a fellow at the Cardiovascular ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , November 24, 2015 ... --> adds Latest Guidebook for ... of 217 pages published in November 2015 to ... online business intelligence library at . ... of the fastest growing global economies with a ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , Nov. 24, 2015  Ascendant Solutions, Inc. (Pink Sheets: ... its Board of Directors has declared a special 1 percent ... dividend is payable December 14, 2015, to shareholders of record ... form of additional shares of common stock. ... Board is a strong endorsement of our confidence in Ascendant,s ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: