Catching a cold or flu during the winter can leave you feeling miserable for days, if not weeks. That’s why most people focus on avoiding the sniffles or a sore throat, but what about the other health risks that aren’t usually associated with winter? Conditions such as asthma, heart attacks and stroke are often overlooked, but doctors say people need to think about these conditions in the winter as well. Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Jeahan Colletti says extreme cold causes airways to tighten, causing inflammation and making breathing even more difficult. Cold weather also has an impact on arteries causing the passage to constrict, cutting down blood flow and forcing the heart to work harder. Cold weather can cause or aggravate a myriad of health conditions, so become educated on how to protect yourself and loved ones this winter.