Uncommon Danger: Heart disease and the Common Cold
Heart disease and colds can be a dangerous duo, sometimes leading to very serious health problems. It is extremely important to learn how to treat colds and the flu when you suffer from cardiovascular disease.
Why are colds so dangerous for people who have heart disease?
To start, it’s important to understand why colds are dangerous for people with heart disease. The problem with heart disease and ailments such as colds or flu is the potential for worsening health conditions. It’s basically the complications that come from having a cold that is more dangerous than the cold itself.
For example, pneumonia is a common complication from a cold, especially for patients with a compromised immune system. Pneumonia affects the body’s ability to take in oxygen, which forces the heart to work harder to move oxygenated blood throughout the cardiovascular system. For individuals who already have weakened hearts, these additional demands can lead to heart failure and even death.
What kind of treatment can be used if I have heart disease and a cold?
The good news is that there are treatments for those with heart disease and colds.
Make sure you do not take any medications that have any decongestants in them. The reason is because studies from the American Heart Association show that decongestants should not be taken by people with high blood pressure because they can raise blood pressure more than before. If you have heart disease, you should take a medication with no decongestants in it, like Coricidin HBP.
Even though there are a few over-the-counter medications that can be used for people with heart disease, you should always ask your doctor about what to take before-hand. It is important to make sure that the medication will not interfere with any medications you also take for your ailment. Your doctor should be contacted if you have heart disease and a develop a cold.
Many dismiss colds without any worries. This can be deadly, as the relationship between heart disease, colds and heart attacks is very real and compelling. At the first sign of a cold, you should consult your MD. Your very life may depend on it.
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