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Winters Cause 50% More Heart Attacks Than Summer; Eat and Drink Light at Parties and Exercise Regularly: Doctors

· Last year, Columbia Asia Hospital in Palam Vihar Gurgaon performed about 65 angioplasties in summer and 115 in winters in the age group of 35 to 75 years.

· Those who possess risk factors due to poor lifestyle such as smoking and consumption of alcohol and high-calorie, low-nutrition food are more at risk.

· Winter can have a bad influence on good health habits as holiday parties may lead to consuming more calories, ‘bad’ fats, and alcohol while the weather may prevent from exercising regularly and limit outdoor activities.

· The highest risk of a cold-induced cardiovascular risk is just hours or days after exposure to cold.
The rapid drop in temperature can bring trouble for your heart. Doctors at the Columbia Asia Hospital Gurgaon, here warn that low temperatures can trigger a heart attack as there is a whopping 50 per cent rise in heart attacks in winters as compared to warmer months.

“Last year, about 65 angioplasties were performed in summer and 115 in winters in the age group of 35 to 75 years. The blood vessels, especially those on the surface of the body, come under pressure as our skin shrinks to keep our bodies warm during cold weather. This narrows the vessel and increases the speed of blood flow in them. Besides, our heart pumps more blood in winter months to keep the body warm. Low body temperature, lower availability of vitamin D and an increase of blood viscosity are also some other causes of cardiovascular diseases in winter – increase in blood viscosity, as compared to summer months, pushes up the risk of clot formation in blood, slowing or obstructing its flow. Those who possess risk factors due to poor lifestyle such as smoking and consumption of alcohol and high-calorie, low-nutrition food are more at risk,” says Dr. Amit Gupta, Consultant Internal Medicine & Cardiology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon.

Winter can have a bad influence on good health habits as holiday parties may lead to consuming more calories, ‘bad’ fats, salty food, and alcohol. Besides, the weather may prevent from exercising regularly and limit outdoor activities.

“A 1°C drop in temperature on a single day is likely to cause around 200 additional heart attacks; there is a 53 per cent rise in heart attacks in winter, as some studies show. The highest risk of a cold-induced cardiovascular risk is just hours or days after exposure to cold. Elderly people are more prone to heart ailments in winter months as they are most likely to be affected by hypothermia (an excessive drop in body temperature). Avoid overindulging at parties by eating a light, healthy meal before you go to reduce your appetite for unhealthy food; use smaller plates and limit alcohol intake. Start an indoor exercise program at home, or walk at the local shopping mall. However, be careful of overheating of body which may happen due to too much warm clothing. This may cause blood vessels to dilate, which can lower blood pressure, reducing the heart's blood supply, and possibly leading to a heart attack,” says Dr. Amit Gupta.

About Columbia Asia India

Columbia Asia is an international private healthcare company founded by an American entrepreneur, Mr. Daniel Baty in 1996. From the outset, Columbia Asia envisioned to provide quality, affordable healthcare services easily accessible to the community - driven by our vision statement, a passion for making people better.



Today, Columbia Asia operates 11 hospitals in India located in the cities of Bangalore, Mysore, Kolkata, Delhi NCR (Ghaziabad and Gurgaon), Pune and Patiala.

With 100 to 200 beds per hospital, it leverages modern technology to provide efficient specialist care and to reduce length of hospital stays which results in more cost-effective care. The hospitals of Columbia Asia provide a wide array of specialist services such as General Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Cardiology, Neurosurgery, Bariatric surgery; and super specialist services in Transplantations (Liver, Kidney and Heart), Oncology, Cardiac surgeries, Robotic Surgeries (Urology, Gastroenterology, Gynecology), etc. Some of the hospitals also provide specialized services like pediatric neurodevelopment and DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation). These are appropriately supported by ancillary services that include an Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Care Unit, Physiotherapy, Laboratory, Pharmacy and Imaging. 

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