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Take care during cold weather, say doctors

DOCTORS are warning children, the elderly and people with cardiovascular conditions to take extra precautions with the arrival of wintry weather in Shanghai.

The cold front over the city will bring strong winds and see temperatures plummet by between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius.

People with conditions such as hypertension and heart problems should avoid morning exercise to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks, according to physicians.

A Shanghai jogger, aged about 60, dropped dead at about 7am yesterday while on a run.

His friends said the man had continued jogging every morning despite having complained of chest pains for days.

With temperatures set to fall by up to 10 degrees Celsius, doctors say the number of heart attacks may increase.

Chest pains

Local ambulances deal with 20-30 percent more cardiac arrests during sudden drops in temperature.

Outpatient departments said around half of patients with heart disease can suffer chest pains when temperatures fall suddenly and 70 percent of heart attacks are linked to the cold.

The young have also been affected by the cold weather.

Xia Lin, an official at Shanghai Children's Medical Center, said its outpatient clinics dealt with 3,600 patients yesterday, mostly with colds, fever, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses.

"Children should keep warm and not to go to crowded places to avoid infectious diseases," Xia said.

"Parents should ensure good ventilation at home after using heaters for a long time.

"It is unnecessary to go to hospital if children just suffer some problems like cold," Xia added.


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