Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy During the Winter Months

Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy During the Winter Months

Seniors enjoy the cold weather while keeping active to help reduce heart heath issues.

March 8, 2022

When the temperature outside seems to be steadily inching closer to single digit numbers, it’s not only uncomfortable to be outdoors for long periods of time—sometimes, it can be unhealthy. When you think of extreme health concerns regarding colder weather, common concerns include frostbite or hypothermia—but, your heart health can also be negatively affected from colder temperatures. At Heather Glen Senior Living, we’ve put together a list of a few things you can do to decrease your risk of any heart related health concerns and ways you can detect if anything is amiss when the winter winds are still around.

How cold weather can have a negative impact on your heart

When the temperature outside drops, your body temperature also follows suit—causing your heart to work even harder to ensure that your body is staying as warm as possible given the circumstances. The cold weather also has the potential to increase your chance of developing blood clots, increase your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels and constrict blood vessels—which may decrease the nutrient supply and nutrient supply to the heart.  

Preventative measures you can take to negate these risks

No matter the season, getting outside every now and then to enjoy the fresh air is important—but in the winter, make sure you wear plenty of layers before making your way outdoors. Keep a close eye on the weather and if you’re planning on being outside for long, make sure to take plenty of breaks and retreat into the warmth of your home every so often. 

Regular exercise is another great way to ensure your body’s temperature stays up, but if you’ve had previous heart related health issues—it’s best to keep your activity level a little lighter in the winter months. With fitness and activity areas available and our exercise groups open for residents—our team at Heather Glen Senior Living ensures that your loved ones have everything they need to stay healthy during the winter months.

How to detect any heart problems if they arise

Even if you are following all of the guidelines above, it’s important to know how to detect the signs of any heart issues. Take notice of any pain or discomfort in your chest or if you’re experiencing any heartburn or stomach pain that seems uncommon. Sometimes, pain in your shoulder or arm can also be a factor even if chest pain isn’t overly evident. Other signs of dizziness, shortness of breath or a long lasting cough can sometimes point to a heart issue—especially if the individual has had previous heart related medical issues before. 

At Heather Glen Senior Living, we know that the health and safety of your loved ones is not something you take lightly—neither do we.  Our team of highly-trained industry professionals work to ensure that your loved ones are always being looked after to help set your mind at ease. If you’d like to visit our community for yourself—fill out our online form or give us a call at (610) 841-4478 to schedule a personalized tour today.

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