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1/11/10

Strenuous activity during winter weather could cause serious injuries

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By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – So, maybe your New Year's resolution is to get up off the couch and start an exercise program. That's great, but instead of being a weekend warrior with a strenuous effort on the weekend, Dr. Jason Bradley says be smart and ease into it. On our News at Five on Monday, he said it's true that there are more heart attacks in the winter and there's a reason for that.

"The cold weather tends to cause constriction of the blood vessels that supply the heart and the brain and when you exercise it causes constriction of the blood vessels also so you might get a higher blood pressure than you normally would have, which could increase your risk for a heart attack," said Jason Bradley, M.D., a cardiologist at Covenant.

Dr. Bradley says walking is great for the heart, but if you have a history of heart disease, breathing trouble, or diabetes, you should talk to your doctor first before starting any vigorous exercise program.

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