Manhattan Cardiology’s own Ami Beniaminovitz, MD has given some information on unexpected ways the weather can affect your health in a Caring.com article: “7 Unexpected Ways the Weather Can Affect Your Health.”
He’s quoted as saying:
Extreme heat or cold can strain the heart, especially in those who already have a heart condition. When temperatures plummet, the blood vessels can narrow, prompting blood pressure to increase to get through narrowed veins and arteries, says Dr. Amnon Beniaminovitz of Manhattan Cardiology. And in extreme heat, blood vessels can dilate, causing blood pressure to lower.
“Having too low or high blood pressure can be dangerous for anyone with an existing heart problem, as elevated blood pressure can lead to heart attacks or strokes,” Beniaminovitz says.
The doctor notes that many people are not used to the stress of vigorous outdoor activities and may not be aware of the dangers of being outside when temperatures are very low. Likewise, when it’s hot outside, the heart has to work harder to help produce sweat that cools the body, which can put strain on the heart and may lead to heatstroke.
“Give yourself a break. Take frequent rest breaks during shoveling or walking outside so you don’t over-stress your heart,” advises Beniaminovitz. “Pay attention to how your body feels during those breaks.” He also recommends consulting a doctor before exercising outdoors in the cold if you have medical concerns or symptoms of heart disease or diabetes.
To read the full article, click here.