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Precautions Every Heart Disease Patient Should Follow in Extreme Heat

Living with heart disease requires careful management, especially during periods of extreme heat. High temperatures and humidity can have severe consequences for patients with high blood pressure and heart conditions. 

The medical professionals at Medinet Family Care Clinic in Houston, TX, prioritize your well-being and want to provide valuable guidance on navigating the challenges posed by our city’s triple-digit heat wave.

Understanding the impact of heat on heart health

When the weather gets hotter, the body attempts to cool down by radiating heat. However, high temperatures and humidity can increase blood flow to the skin, causing the heart to beat faster and circulate more blood per minute than usual. The most significant risks occur when the temperature exceeds 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity surpasses 70%. 

Those who are especially vulnerable are patients who are:

Heat and sweating can result in fluid loss, leading to reduced blood volume and dehydration. This can impair the body's ability to regulate temperature and put additional strain on the heart. Taking precautions 

Take these precautions

Follow these guidelines to protect your health:

Over 700 heat-related deaths occur in the United States annually, while an average of 9,235 people are hospitalized due to heat. Take precautions to ensure you are not among them.

Recognizing Warning Signs

Be aware of warning signs indicating your body may struggle to cope with the heat. Seek medical attention if you or a loved one experience any of the following symptoms:

Heatstroke can result in a number of complications, depending on how long the body temperature is high. Seeking medical intervention can be life-saving. 

For your primary and urgent care needs, contact Medinet Family Care Clinic today. Call the Houston, Texas office, or use this site to schedule an appointment. 

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