Protect Your Heart In Heatwave
With temperatures soaring into the mid to upper 90's heart health is a major concern. Extreme heat can be hard on the heart. Add high humidity levels to the hot temperatures and you have dangerous health conditions.
The American Heart Association reminds people that the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke become big concerns in excessively hot conditions. In guidelines provided by the American Heart Association these points are key:
Watch the clock: Avoid being outdoors in the hottest time of the day which is generally in the early afternoon from 1-3 P.M.
Get off on the right foot: Choose well-ventilated shoes and wear socks that repel perspiration.
Dress for the heat: Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Wear a hat and sunglasses along with a water-resistant sunscreen.
Drink up: Stay hydrated by drinking water before, during and after your exercise or work outdoors. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks.
Take regular breaks: Give yourself some down time and cool off in the shade.
Follow doctor's orders: This is especially important if you have any heart condition concerns. This is also key if you are over 50 years old or overweight.