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Winter Of Discomfort

Winter Of Discomfort

Winter is the worst time of the year. Bones creak; sniffles refuse to go away, viral and flu attack. And the most dangerous among these bugbears are, of course, heart niggles. "We're anyway sluggish in the winter months, and tend to eat more," explains Dr Anil Dhall, 48, Head Of Department, Cardiology, Max Hospital, New Delhi. As it would lead to unique winter ailments, it is better to take precautions, says Dhall.

Jokes aside, when a person feels cold, the body's automatic response is to narrow the blood vessels. With the blood flow thinning down, the body doesn't lose as much heat. But for people who already have arteries filled with plaque, the narrowing of the blood vessels could lead to the vessels being blocked. It, in turn, could lead to a heart attack. The narrowing also increases blood pressure, which can strain a diseased heart. So bundle up this winter, and keep your blood flowing freely.