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Summer Heat and Your Heart

Heart Medications Can Play a Role in Heat-Related Illnesses

Heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States, with one person sadly passing every thirty-seven seconds. One of the keys to reducing your risk of heart disease is to get outside and engage in physical activity. But as the weather turns hotter, it is important to take notice of how your body feels.

Heart patients, individuals older than 50, and those who are overweight need to take precautions. According to the American Heart Association, certain heart medications like beta-blockers, ace receptor blockers, ace inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and diuretics can over-stress the body’s response to heat. Despite the heat, it is important to keep taking your medication. If you are not on these medications, individuals — especially over the age of 50 — still need to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.

What are Heat-Related Illnesses?

Heat-related illnesses, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are not only a danger for heart patients and the elderly but for everyone. When outside in temperature about 91.0 degrees, make sure to drink plenty of fluids, rest when needed, and seek out shade. Learn more about identifying symptoms of heat-related illnesses in our post, “Dealing with the Summer Heat.” It is important if you feel you may be showing signs of heat cramps to stop and seek a cooler location immediately.

Tips to Avoid Heat Illnesses

These tips can be lifesaving when dealing with high temperatures. Take these into consideration during your next outside adventure/exercise to ensure everyone makes it home safe.