Risk of cardiovascular disease rises in wintersMay 27th, 2010 - 12:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 27 (ANI): In winters, there is an increase in the rate of cardiovascular disease because many people don’t know how to rug up against the cold, an Aussie study has found.
Dr Adrian Barnett from Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT’s) Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) said the numbers showed that winters in Australia posed a greater risk to health than winters in cold northern European countries such as Finland and Sweden.
“Preventing heart-related deaths in the next few months could be as simple as putting on a hat and gloves because the peak season for cardiovascular deaths is upon us,” said Barnett.
“When the temperature goes below 19 degrees in Australia the death rate from heart and circulatory problems goes up.
“We are not very good at protecting ourselves against the cold weather, we don’t wear the right sort of clothes in winter and are homes are often not well insulated.
“Exposure to the cold raises blood pressure because the veins and arteries constrict, which puts extra stress on the heart and circulatory system that can be a real problem for people with some atherosclerosis.
“Elderly people are particularly at risk because they are frailer, their perception of temperature fades and they do not register cold as much,” he added.
He said that Australians knew how to cope with heat, but in winter people just didn’t know how to get warm enough.
“We can easily cope with 30 degrees, which people in northern Europe cannot do, but we are very fragile creatures when the temperature drops, even if it is only around 15 degrees,” he said.
“Perth and Sydney lead the country in winter heart-related deaths and Tasmanians cope best with the cold because they are acclimatised to cooler weather.
“Darwin is not too bad because it doesn’t get so cold,” he added.
Barnett said putting on thermals, hats, gloves and slippers was more effective than heaters.
“Indoor heaters are not the answer, people tend to heat just one room and when they move to other rooms they get cold,” he said. (ANI)
- Extreme heat, cold can trigger fatal heart attacks - Sep 19, 2012
- Cold air bad for heart patients - Feb 29, 2012
- Night temperatures likely to fall further in Kashmir - Nov 22, 2011
- Authorities install heating system at Bhopal Fish House - Dec 18, 2010
- Cold wave kills 64 in Russia - Feb 03, 2012
- Britain braces for Arctic cold - Apr 14, 2012
- Temperatures plunge in Rajasthan - Jan 12, 2012
- 4 more dead in UP; sunny day brings little relief (Roundup) - Jan 07, 2011
- Room heaters, bonfires keep Ranchi's zoo animals warm - Jan 07, 2011
- Britain set for balmy temperatures - Feb 20, 2012
- Uttar Pradesh winter toll 103, sunny day in north India (Intro Roundup) - Jan 11, 2011
- Snowfall brings down mercury in Kashmir - Oct 08, 2011
- Fog derails train services as winter onslaught continues (Roundup) - Dec 22, 2011
- Uttar Pradesh shivers as mercury plummets - Dec 19, 2011
- Bone-chilling winter cold stings northern India (Roundup) - Jan 03, 2011
Tags: adrian barnett, biomedical innovation, cardiovascular deaths, circulatory problems, circulatory system, cold weather, constrict, death rate, dr adrian, fades, fragile creatures, institute of health, northern europe, northern european countries, peak season, queensland university of technology, qut, risk of cardiovascular disease, veins and arteries, winter heart