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Health Brief

February 17, 2021

Taking care of your heart during cold weather can be a challenge. Cold weather, low air pressure and high wind velocity are the perfect combination for cardiovascular problems. Cold temperatures make blood vessels constrict. Cold air is dry air. Which can cause us to become dehydrated. Leading to “thickening of the blood”. Creating an increased risk for developing blood clots. These conditions put extra strain on the heart making it work harder to pump blood around the body. This extra strain can lead to a heart attack. A few safety strategies to help reduce your heart disease risk in cold weather are:

  1. Layer Up: Dressing in several layers is critical. Start with a base layer that wicks the moisture from your body, then layer on an insulating middle layer to keep you warm and finally an outer layer that is wind and water resistant. Cover your extremities with gloves, socks, hats and shoes. (Wow here is a time our COVID-19 face coverings can do double duty.)
  2. Stay Active: Regular exercise, even during cold weather, is important for heart health. Exercise is a great way to beat the winter blues. During cold weather, indoor exercise should be a priority. We have the perfect setting for indoor exercise - a fitness center, daily classes, and walking the hallways to name a few. Don’t forget about dancing! Turn on your favorite music and dance like no one is watching… Even from the comfort of your chair.
  3. Listen Up: Always listen to your body. Irregular heartbeats, light-headedness, nausea or increased swelling of your hands & feet, are all signs of heart and vessel disease worsening.
  4. Heart Healthy diet: the Mediterranean diet is highly recommended. Keep it plant based, rich in monounsaturated fats, low in red meats and dairy. Winter veggies help regulate blood pressure: beets, cauliflower, red cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and frozen berries to name a few.

Mark your calendars

  • March 2nd: Toenail care clinic 8:30-1:30–> Full
  • March 9th: COVID-19 Booster day.
  • March 16th: 9am-11am Hearing Aid Tune Up. By appointment only 259-4681
  • April 8, 22 & May 6: 10am-12noon - Mind Over Matter – for women experiencing bowel & bladder issues. By reservation only,call 259-4681.
  • May 4th: Toenail care clinic. By reservation only. Call for details. (414) 259-4681

Time for some“Bad Dad” jokes

  1. What has 13 hearts but no organs? - A deck of Cards
  2. When is the worst time to have a heart attack? - During a game of Charades  
  3. Can one bird make a pun? - No but “Toucan”

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