Dr. Gloria Mendizabal-Piedra MD

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Learn How to Practice Heart Health in the Heat

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The warmer temperatures of summer allow us to be more active and participate in more outdoor activities. More physical activity is generally accepted as a part of a healthier lifestyle. So, exercising in the heat of the summer is good for the heart, right?  Well, that depends. Read on to learn how to practice heart health in the heat. 

Exercise for Heart Health

While regular physical activity is usually considered an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, excessive physical activity in the brutal summer heat is not a good idea. In addition, persons suffering from heart disease or high blood pressure need to take some precautions and be aware of some of the do’s and don’ts when they exercise for heart health. Failure to do so put these individuals at risk for heatstroke or a heart attack. 

Even individuals considered healthy need to follow some basic tips to avoid the dangers of a life-threatening heatstroke during a hot weather workout. What are the signs of heatstroke? How about 

  • A fever of 104 degrees or higher 
  • Confusion 
  • Dry hot skin 
  • A racing pulse 
  • Seizures and loss of consciousness 
heat and heart health

Does that sound like summer fun? It’s not.

Heat and Heart Health 

As mentioned above, heat and heart health can go together by following some pre-exercise tips. Perhaps the best place to begin is with proper hydration. Proper hydration begins with drinking water before exercising, drinking during the workout, and continuing to hydrate during the cool-down period. Pre-exercise water consumption should be at least two or three eight-ounce glasses. 

Water is always best, but one of those popular, low sugar drinks with added electrolytes at the end of your workout will do to replenish those electrolytes lost during exercise. Energy drinks or alcoholic beverages do not fit the bill and will only worsen the risk of dehydration and possible heatstroke. Next, wear lightweight clothing that will lower your level of sweating. Next, if you start to tire, get out of the sun and rest in the shade for a brief period. 

Improve Heart Health 

Individuals on prescription for health conditions should be aware of the effects of the medications on the heart. Some heart and blood pressure medications work by depleting sodium and fluids from the body and may increase a person’s risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke following summer exercise. 

GMP Medical for Heart Health

If you have questions about how your medications will affect your body during outdoor activities, the medical professionals at GMP Medical in Hialeah are here to help you figure it all out. It is advisable to check with a doctor prior to beginning any new exercise regime. A visit to GMP Medical should be your next step. Whether it is a medication concern, allergy testing, or just time for a checkup, the doctors at GMP Medical stand ready to serve you in all your health care needs. A good life begins with good health, so don’t delay. Call us at (305) 823-2433 to set up an appointment today. You’ll be glad you did!

August 8, 2019 2:36 pm
Categories: Family Health