5 important things to know if you have heart problems and want to winter bathe:

By Johan Seistrup

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  1. Start Gradually: Begin with short periods in the cold water and gradually increase the time as you acclimate to the cold temperature.

  2. Consult a Doctor: Before you begin winter bathing or any form of cold water exposure, consult your doctor. Your doctor will assess your health and provide individual recommendations based on your heart health.

  3. Keep Warm: Ensure that the rest of your body stays warm while winter bathing. Wear clothing that is easy to take off and put on, and dry off immediately after exiting the water.

  4. Listen to Your Body: It's crucial to pay attention to your body's signals. If you experience discomfort, pain, or worsening of your heart symptoms during or after winter bathing, stop immediately and contact your doctor.

  5. Avoid Sudden Movements: Avoid rapid movements in the water and prevent sudden shocks or jerks.

  6. Gradual Cold Exposure: Make sure the water is not too cold, especially when you're just starting. You can begin with water closer to your body temperature and gradually work your way down to colder temperatures.

  7. Be Attentive: Always ensure there is someone nearby when you begin exploring winter bathing. If you feel dizzy, short of breath, or experience other signs of discomfort, stop immediately.

  8. Take Medications: Remember to take your heart medication as prescribed by your doctor and follow your doctor's advice regarding ice and winter bathing.

If you have heart problems, it's crucial to take extra precautions when winter bathing. It's always best to consult your doctor before starting winter bathing or engaging in other activities with extreme cold exposure.


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