Tribune News Service
Amritsar, December 5
As the winter season has already begun and the night time temperature has substantially dipped, asthmatic and cardiac patients are at a greater risk of falling sick if proper precautions are not taken, said health experts.
In the winter season, the pollutant-mixed air comes down to the lower zone, which is the breathing zone. With the fall in temperature, patients feel heaviness in the chest area and breathing exercise becomes very difficult. — Dr Charanjit Singh, Civil Surgeon
The doctors in the city said the number of patients with breathing related trouble had already increased at hospitals. They said cardiac patients, too, must take ample precautions as the winter season can aggravate problems.
The doctors said fog and frost in the coming days could further add to the woes of these patients. They said a large number of viruses become active in the winter season, which results in an increase in infections.
Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said: “In the winter season, the pollutant-mixed air comes down to the lower zone, which is the breathing zone.”
With the fall in temperature, patients feel heaviness in the chest area and breathing exercise becomes very difficult,” he said.
Dr Naresh Chawla, district TB officer, said: “In the winter season, asthmatic patients are at a high risk because the immune system is depressed, whereas hyper sensitivity of the airways is witnessed among patients.”
Dr Sandeep Aggarwal, a child specialist and assistant professor of paediatrics at Government Medical College, said: “In the initial days of the winter season, children generally fall sick due to cold and flu.” He said small children should be amply covered with clothes, especially during early mornings and evenings.
The doctors said low temperature could result in decrease in blood supply to the heart and other vital organs and in turn can result in increase in blood pressure. They said the possibility of heart attack increases many times in heart patients during winter as the heart has to overwork.
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