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Temperatures Dropping to Single Digits for the Next Several Nights

With the polar vortex bringing frigid temperatures on top of the snowfall we just received, going outside isn't just uncomfortable - it can be downright dangerous.

Fortunately, we have internist Garbis Dabaghian, MDand pediatrician Garbis Baydar, MD to offer guidelines to keep our families safe.

The temperature is dropping to single digits for the next several nights, but that is not the worst of it. Those forced to leave their homes should really consider wind chill - the temperature it "feels like" outside based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin. For example, a temperature of 0°F and a moderate wind speed of 15 mph creates a wind chill temperature of minus 19°F. Under these conditions frost bite can occur in just 30 minutes. Fingers, toes, ear lobes, or the tip of the nose are the areas most susceptible to frostbite.

Usually, when parts of your body get too cold, they turn red and hurt. Symptoms of frostbite, however, also can include a loss of feeling and lack of color. Anyone showing signs of frost bite should seek immediate medical attention.

When outdoors in bitter weather, dress to prevent hypothermia by wearing layers of warm clothing, which traps air between layers forming a protective insulation. Wear a hat because much of your body's heat can be lost through your head. Signs of hypothermia include slurred speech, reduced coordination, shivering, and poor judgment. Anyone showing signs of hypothermia should seek immediate medical attention.

Signs of a Heart Attack When Shoveling Snow

Be careful when shoveling snow to protect your back and avoid falls on icy surfaces. Shoveling snow can raise your risk for heart attack, and cardiologists George A. Petrossian, MD and Robert Baklajian, MD remind us that if you have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease ( blockages of heart arteries) at any point, or have had a heart attack, you should not shovel snow.

Everyone should be aware of the signs of a heart attack. Sometimes people aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

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