ALERT! Kashmiri Doctors Warned People To take precautions to reduce risk of high blood pressure in winter, Check Here
The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has warned that the extremely cold weather in the Kashmir valley can increase the risk of high blood pressure. As the temperatures drop to below freezing, the body has to work harder to maintain a normal body temperature, which can put strain on the circulatory system and lead to an increase in blood pressure.
According to the President of the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), Dr Nisar ul Hassan, the cold temperatures of winter can cause an increase in blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. These two conditions are among the leading causes of death and disability in the Kashmir valley.
According to Dr Hassan, high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is more difficult to control during the winter months. Even individuals who are generally healthy may be at risk for an increase in blood pressure during this time.
Dr Hassan has stated that as the winter weather arrives and temperatures drop, the risk of high blood pressure increases. He compares this to the way in which a thermometer’s mercury rises as the temperature increases.
According to the President of the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), cold temperatures can increase the risk of high blood pressure by constricting blood vessels. When the vessels are narrowed, it takes more pressure to force the blood through them, which can lead to an increase in blood pressure.
Additionally, the body may release hormones such as adrenaline and noradrenaline in response to the cold, which can also contribute to a spike in blood pressure. Furthermore, the lack of sunlight during the winter months can cause a decrease in vitamin D levels, which can also lead to an increase in blood pressure.
He said people are sedentary in winter, staying inside and eating more that causes weight gain which contributes to hypertension.
“While we can’t change the weather simple precautions can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure in winter. Keep yourself warm to prevent from cold temperature. If you move out, dress in layers, wear a hat, gloves and scarf. Avoid going in chill for walk and move your workout inside. Reduce salt intake and take diet rich in vegetables and fruits. And, don’t forget to take your vitamin D,” advised Dr Nisar
“People who are on treatment for high blood pressure need to monitor their blood pressure more frequently during winter as they may need increase in doses or addition of drugs to keep their blood pressure under control,” he said.
The President of the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has emphasized that in addition to the physical effects of cold temperatures on the body, lifestyle factors such as being sedentary and eating more during the winter months can contribute to the development of high blood pressure.
To reduce the risk of high blood pressure during the winter, he advises individuals to take precautions to stay warm, dress in layers when going outside, reduce their salt intake, and consume a diet rich in vegetables and fruits. He also recommends taking vitamin D supplements.
For those who are already receiving treatment for high blood pressure, it is especially important to monitor blood pressure regularly and adjust medication as needed to keep it under control.Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe us on Telegram and never miss a update!
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