Can Your Heart Stand the Heat?

Can Your Heart Stand the Heat?

Take these steps to prevent summer heat from aggravating your heart condition.

When blood is redirected to the skin to cool the body, it may compromise the heart's blood supply. Dehydration from fluid loss due to sweating causes the heart to pump faster and work harder and may increase the tendency for blood to clot. Add high humidity, which further interferes with the body's cooling mechanisms, and you could have a potentially dangerous situation for anyonewith heart disease.

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

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    In The News: July 2019

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Ask The Doctors: July 2019

    In a 2016 study of 23,000 patients, opioid users were twice as likely to die from cardiovascular (CV) and respiratory problems than from an overdose. A 2019 study found that at 90 days after discharge, there was a slight increase in the death rate among heart patients, mostly from...

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Download The Full July 2019 Issue PDF

    When blood is redirected to the skin to cool the body, it may compromise the heart's blood supply. Dehydration from fluid loss due to sweating causes the heart to pump faster and work harder and may increase the tendency for blood to clot. Add high humidity, which further...

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