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Body changes in the cold

Updated: Tuesday, February 25 2014, 05:00 PM EST

Rochester, N.Y. – The single-digit temperatures this week affect our bodies in ways that people may not expect.

Doctors at the University of Rochester Medical Center said bodies can get dehydrated because of the dry weather.

As temperatures go down, organs do less work, making blood pressure in the body increase. Higher blood pressure puts those with coronary problems at a higher risk.

“That actually has caused more, an increase in things like heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular related diseases,” Dr. Matthew Devine said.

There is one good thing that can be taken from these frigid temperatures: most bacterial diseases can’t survive in the freezing temperatures.

Body changes in the cold


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