Srinagar: With drop in mercury to sub-freezing temperatures in the valley, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Wednesday warned that cold weather significantly increases blood pressure.
President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that chill of winter hikes blood pressure which increases the risk of fatal heart attacks and strokes.
“When winter arrives and temperature drops there is one place the mercury actually rises-in blood pressure gauges, Dr Nisar said adding “Hypertension (high blood pressure) is harder to control in cold weather.”
He said that even healthy people aren’t off the hook. They also tend to have higher blood pressure in winter.
“Frigid temperatures constrict blood vessels which increases blood pressure because more pressure is needed to force blood through narrowed vessels,” he said.
“Keep yourself warm to prevent from cold temperature,” advised Dr Nisar.