The cold weather not only increases the risks of colds and flu it can also trigger a heart attack, experts have warned. In fact we are more likely to suffer this life threatening condition on cold windy days with little sunshine.

Signs of a Heart Attack

A heart attack is when one of the coronary arteries becomes blocked.

The heart muscle is then starved of vital oxygenated blood, which if left untreated, can cause the heart muscle to begin to die.

A heart attack is a life-threatening emergency so if you think someone is suffering from one, it is important to dial 999 (or your local emergency service) right away.

Heart attack symptoms can be difficult to spot because they can vary from person to person.

The most common signs can include:

  • Chest pain, tightness, heaviness, pain or a burning feeling in your chest
  • Pain in the arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach
  • For some the pain and tightness will be severe, for others it could just feel uncomfortable
  • Sweating
  • Feeling light-headed
  • Becoming short of breath
  • Feeling nauseous or vomiting

So what can you do to reduce your risk?

It goes without saying that you should get a flu jab if you’re at all vulnerable. Over 65s, children under ten and certain people with asthma can get one for free on the NHS.

But if you’re not in those groups, it’s still worth you getting a shot, especially if you have children as 47 per cent of parents say their kids have passed flu onto a family member.

Be prepared this winter, by being pro active you can also take a Cardio Renew EDTA Chelation course to increase blood flow and clear arteries.