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Re: What affects does cold water and ice have on blood pressure, and how?

Date: Wed May 7 22:49:32 2003
Posted By: Dr. Nagesh N Bhat, Post-doc/Fellow, Biophysics,
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 1047135694.Gb

Cold water increases the matabolic activities of the body. Body tries to 
maintain its temperature at 37 dec c. Hence, at cold temperature, body 
mechanism start working more regorously to produce heat. It may lead to 
quivering and increased blood pressure. Prolonged treatment at low 
temperature may be fatal for people with cadiac problems. However, it may 
happen at very low temperatures only where body fails to fight against the 
external problem.

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