Cold Weather Hikes Blood Pressure

Cold Weather Hikes Blood Pressure, UF Scientist Warns

ScienceDaily (Feb. 9, 2005) — When winter arrives and temperatures drop, there’s one place the mercury actually rises — in blood pressure gauges.

A survival mechanism in people and other mammals constricts blood vessels in cold weather, to conserve heat and maintain body temperature. But with less room for blood to move, pressure rises — along with the risk of fatal heart attack and stroke, which peaks during winter.

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