December 31, 2010 1:46:24 am
With the dip in temperature in the region,doctors have advised those suffering from heart problems,asthma and arthritis to take extra precautions,saying the immunity level among humans in winters is not as strong as during other seasons of the year.
The winter brings many diseases,but one can prevent catching them if proper care is taken,they say,adding that the elderly people should keep their blood pressure under check.
Maintaining normal blood pressure is key to a healthy heart as blood pressure tends to enhance in low temperatures, said a doctor in the cardiology department of PGI,adding: In comparison to summer,spring and autumn,winter has an all-time high threat perception simply because people tend to ignore the symptoms of heart attacks.
Another leading cardiologist Dr Harinder K Bali suggested that heart patients should not stop morning and evening walks.
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However,some restraint has to done while going for a walk. Early evening walk is most beneficial. One should avoid going out during chilly conditions. Chest should be covered with warm clothes, said Bali.
Doctors said chest pain due to shallow breathing put more stress on the cardiovascular system. The doctors advise asthma patients to avoid going out on chilly days as low temperatures might trigger attacks.
Inhaling of cold air leads to contraction of air passages in the lungs. The asthmatic patients should take care of themselves and not go out when the temperature is very low, said a physician.
For arthritis patients,the doctors advice is to stay warm. In winters,rheumatoid arthritis is more prevalent. The patients should keep themselves warm to avoid problems, said an orthopaedician.
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