Heart Attack Risk Increases in Summer

by Jodee on May 20, 2009

Many people look forward to the summer months and the warm sunshine they bring. Unfortunately, warmer temperatures also increase the risk of heart attack. Humidity is also a factor, probably because these weather conditions make breathing more difficult. People over the age of 70 are especially at risk.

When the hot weather comes, make a point of making sure that you are well hydrated. Drink plenty of water, and don’t wait until you feel thirsty to do so.

Stay inside when temperatures are at their highest. Plan your activities so that you are not spending a lot of time outside from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

If your home is not air conditioned, go to a location that has this feature. Malls, movie theaters, and restaurants are good choices.

Avoid wearing clothing that feels tight during a heat wave; opt for loose-fitting clothes instead.

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