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Prevent Cold-Related Injuries this Winter

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Workers and outdoor sport enthusiasts exposed to cold weather frequently, must remember to take preventative measures and remain aware. Workers and outdoor sport enthusiasts exposed to cold weather frequently, must remember to take preventative measures and remain aware.
Kato says if you have to be outside, monitor how long you are exposed to the cold and be sure to take breaks in doors. Kato says if you have to be outside, monitor how long you are exposed to the cold and be sure to take breaks in doors.

And, like we've seen today when the temperature begins to drop, your risk for cold-related injuries increase.

Workers and outdoor sport enthusiasts exposed to cold weather frequently, must remember to take preventative measures and remain aware. Tips to stay ahead of the cold are to layer up, stay fit, manage fatigue and don't forget to eat and stay hydrated. Cold-related injuries could relate to cold stress, hypothermia or trench foot. What you may not be aware of is the stress you place on your heart in cold weather.

"Your body is trying to maintain the same temperature you normally maintain which is 98.6 degrees," said Dr. Julius Kato, Cardiologist at St. Rita's Medical Center. "When the temperature drops, your mechanism of increasing your heart rate increases. Your heart starts pumping harder to try to increase the blood flow and really try to increase the flow of the warm blood."

Kato says if you have to be outside, monitor how long you are exposed to the cold and be sure to take breaks indoors.

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