While we think of summer as a time of rest and relaxation, your heart has to work harder than usual due to the strain from heat and humidity. If you have a heart rhythm disorder, it is very important that you take care during the summer. If you follow these simple tips, you can stay healthy while enjoying the outdoors.
The Effects of Heat on Your Heart
The most common issues during the summer are overeating and dehydration. The heat and humidity make it harder for your heart to pump blood throughout the body and keep you cool The body stays cool by relaxing a large network of tiny blood vessels in your skin to release heat from the body surface. As these blood vessels dilate, the blood pressure may drop to produce a fainting spell.
Another danger to your body during the summer is producing too much sweat, which can to dehydration and depleted salt levels.
Heart-Healthy Tips for the Summer
The most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before, during and after any activities. Try to avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine intake within a few hours of exercise, as they can accelerate dehydration.
Another important tip is to stay inside during peak hours of the day, from noon to three. Even during the morning or evening, check the heat index before exercising. It’s particularly important for people with heart disease to monitor the weather so that they avoid putting extra strain on their bodies.
If you feel or notice someone experience the symptoms of heat-related illness or a heart issue, act immediately. For heat exhaustion, move to a cool place, drink water and monitor the condition. For heat stroke and heart issues, call 911, as they could be life-threatening conditions.
At Heart Rhythm Consultants, P.A. your heart health is our concern. Our experienced, compassionate team will ensure that you receive the best care possible. Schedule your appointment today or talk with one of our representatives who will be happy to answer any questions you may have about heart health and heart procedures.
About Heart Rhythm Consultants, P.A.
The experienced electrophysiologists of Heart Rhythm Consultants, P.A. have been serving West Florida including Sarasota, Venice, Tampa, Port Charlotte, and Sun City Center for over 15 years. Our specialty cardiologists, or EP doctors, help patients manage their abnormal heart rhythm conditions, whether they suffer from arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (AFib), or other irregular heartbeats. Dr. Dilip J. Mathew, Dr. Antonio Moretta, and Dr. Rajesh Malik perform arrhythmia treatments like cardiac ablation, cryoablation, and implanting pacemakers or defibrillators. Dr. Mathew has performed nearly 5,000 complex cardiac ablations. View our office locations in Sarasota and Venice, Florida.