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Eat Potassium-Rich Foods, Bundle Up

If you’re prone to high blood pressure, exposure to cold temperatures could increase your vulnerability to heart attacks. While it’s no surprise that chilly weather constricts blood flow, the two-year study by scientists at the University of Burgundy in France was the first to document that dips in temperature actually correlate with spikes in heart attack rates for those with high blood pressure. In fact, hypertensives doubled their heart attack risk when the thermometer sank below 32.9 degrees Fahrenheit.

What to do? Help regulate your blood pressure by eating plenty of potassium rich foods such as acorn squash, avocados, bananas, cantaloupe and raisins — and bundle up if you go outside. For more cold weather workout strategies, take a look at these tips from the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research by clicking here.

Published December 20, 2004

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