Published on January 20, 2020

Ahmedabad: That morning breathlessness after a short jog is not just the age – your heart could be giving you signals to slow down if there are symptoms like chest pain, giddiness and swelling in legs.

City-based cardiac experts point out that they record more cases of heart failure — the condition where the heart is not able to pump adequate blood across the body — during winter months. The doctors thus caution more care for existing cardiac patients.

Dr Sunil Thanvi, a city-based cardiologist, said that cardiac issues rise by about 20-35% during winter months compared to other times of the year. “The blood vessels get constricted in the cold, prompting a rise in blood pressure and heart rate. Rich food in winter is another reason. In earlier times, people were physically active enough to easily digest those adadiya with ghee but today it’s adding to the risk for those who already have cardiac condition,” he said.

This year’s winter was different with a sharp rise and fall in minimum temperature. Has that affected the pattern of cardiac cases? City-based experts said that there is rise in heart failure cases compared to heart attacks.

Dr Jayesh Prajapati, head of cardiology department at UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology & Research Centre, said that winter is marked by complaints of coronary spasms and complications such as acute coronary syndrome.

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