Cold weather can lead to harmful blood clots!

Blood clots may sometimes appear in an attempt to stop bleeding. However, blockages that develop in the arteries for no good reason can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Even worse, outside temperature can play a role in this process and increase the risk of injury.

The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) explains that whether it’s hot, sunny or cold, your body is constantly fighting to keep your internal conditions “almost the same”.

Fortunately, there are many reactions that can be initiated to keep core body temperature around 37.5°C.

Despite your body’s best efforts to protect you from sudden changes in temperature, there are still many health risks associated with low temperatures.

Unfortunately, freezing weather can also lead to harmful blood clots.

The UKHSA says: “When we start to catch a cold, our blood becomes thicker, which can lead to blood clotting. Clotting can cause problems and is one of the reasons we see more heart attacks and strokes on days after cold weather.”

And blood clots that form in the arteries leading to part of the heart muscle can lead to a heart attack. Jelly-like masses that clog an artery in the brain can cause a stroke.

Both of these medical emergencies can be life-threatening and require urgent medical attention, according to the NHS.

In a previous interview with The Express, Professor Mark Whitley, a pioneering venous surgeon and founder of the Whitley Clinic, also warned against the common cold. And the weather can be dangerous for your blood viscosity.

Professor Wheatley said: “Sudden changes in temperature, such as when people enter a warm building with central heating after being out in the cold, can cause thermal stress in the body. This means it has to work harder to maintain a constant temperature.” This heat stress has a direct effect on blood viscosity, making it more sticky and prone to clotting.”

A study published in the journal International Angiology warns that low temperatures appear to be “significantly associated” with deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

When looking at patients hospitalized for DVT in Shenyang, China over a 10-year period, the results showed that lower ambient temperature was associated with DVT manifestations, and exposure to cold was sometimes delayed for up to one week.

Fortunately, UKHSA health officials have advised that physical activity can protect you from this risk.

Source: Express