Heart attacks are considered a medical emergency and if you suspect one is happening you should dial 999 straightaway.
They occur when the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, often by a blood clot.
Many lifestyle factors can increase a person’s chance of having a heart attack, but the condition is also more common in winter.
The NHS explains: “This may be because cold weather increases blood pressure and puts more strain on your heart.
“Your heart also has to work harder to maintain body heat when it’s cold.”
So what can you do to avoid a heart attack happening during cold weather?
The health body recommends staying warm inside your home.
You should also heat the main rooms you use to at least 18C and use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed.
You can also reduce the risk of a heart attack happening during winter by wrapping up warm when you go out and wear a hat, scarf and gloves.
Heart attack can be prevented all year round by making some simple lifestyle changes.
One of these is eating a healthy and balanced diet, slashing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood.
A simple way to do this is to eat a small amount of unsaturated fat and avoid foods high in saturated fat.
All nuts are rich in vegetable protein, fibre, heart healthy unsaturated fats, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, natural plant sterols and a host of beneficial plant nutrients, according to Heart UK.
It recommends you eat 30 to 35g a day of nuts (about a handful) as this has the potential to lower cholesterol by an average of five per cent.
A 30 to 35g of individual nuts looks like:
- 32 almonds
- 10 Brazils
- 28 cashews
- 4 chestnuts
- 21 hazelnuts
- 21 macadamias
- 28 peanuts
- 35 pistachios
- 11 walnut halves
Other foods which can help lower cholesterol are soya foods, such as soya alternatives to milk and yoghurt, soya desserts, soya meat alternatives, soya nuts, edamame beans and tofu.
The heart charity explains: “Being natural low in saturated fat, soya foods help lower cholesterol.
“The special proteins in soya also appear to influence how the body regulates cholesterol too.
“Studies show you can lower your cholesterol by around six per cent by including as little as 15g soya protein per day.”
Oats and barley can also lower cholesterol as they are rich in a form of soluble fibre called beta gluten.
Published at Fri, 26 Oct 2018 19:37:00 +0000