Plunging into the baptismal font on Epiphany is contraindicated for people with chronic diseases, as well as with any problems of the cardiovascular system. Such restrictions were listed by TASS by the interviewed general practitioners.
So, doctor Lyudmila Lapa advised against swimming for Russians who have recently suffered a heart attack or stroke. Also, this rite is strictly prohibited for people with “compromised” vessels with a patency of less than 20 percent, which is often aggravated by atherosclerosis. For such citizens, dipping into an ice hole can be dangerous. Also, immersion in the hot tub is undesirable for Russians who have symptoms of colds.
The head physician of the Leader-Medicine Center, Evgeny Timakov, added that while swimming in cold water, sharp vasospasms may occur, which threaten with dizziness, sudden jumps in pressure. “It is advisable not to walk alone, especially for people who are aged, who have problems with blood pressure, with the cardiovascular system,” he warned. The specialist urged Russians to dive in centralized places where an ambulance is on duty.
After diving, doctors advised to wipe dry, rub the body to dilate blood vessels, quickly put on warm clothes and drink hot tea. They also recommended that you take comfortable loose clothing and approach the font with non-slip slippers. Those who plan to plunge into the water with their heads, be sure to take a hat with them so that their hair does not freeze. Also, before, during and after bathing, you should not drink alcohol.
Earlier, Oksana Drapkina, the chief freelance specialist in therapy and general medical practice of the Ministry of Health of Russia, said that those who plan to plunge into the ice hole for Epiphany should be vaccinated against COVID-19 more than a week before or two days after swimming.