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Why Winter Is the Worst Season for Your HeartOriginally appeared on Sharecare
Recognize weather’s role in your heart health
Frigid temperatures cause blood vessels to narrow, which makes our bodies work harder to pump blood to the heart, increasing blood pressure. A spike in blood pressure ups a person’s risk of heart attack or stroke, especially if other risk factors—like obesity, high cholesterol or diabetes—are at play.
Beware of other factors
Cold weather isn’t all to blame. Research out of Los Angeles, California, suggests that the mortality rate of heart attacks and strokes increase even in areas that don’t experience a drastic temperature change during the winter.
Know the signs
Whether you’re feeling the joy or a bit blue during the holidays, it’s important to know the symptoms of stroke and heart attack, and to take action if you think you’re experiencing any of them.
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