Heart Patients and High Heat and Humidity

I am aware that this post is not the usual type published here on LifeBrook. However, as many of you know, I suffer from advanced Heart Disease as well as Congestive Heart Failure. Add to that the fact that I live in the Southeast, where heat and humidity is the norm much of the year, and perhaps my reasons for publishing this are obvious. I hope that any of you that suffer from heart problems read this and be careful this summer. I also ask that readers pray for those with heart disease, we need all the prayer we can get.

Mick

Rehabilitate Your Heart

Summer time is here! Most of us welcome the heat, however heart patients have to be cautious. When the heat and humidity rise so does the incidents of heart problems. If the heart muscle has limited blood flow to its heart walls, when the heat gets up there the heart’s blood flow can become compromised. As the blood goes to the skin to cool the body, it may limit the amount it can provide its own muscle.  Most importantly high humidity appears to increase the incidence of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or heart attack leading to death among the elderly.

The American Heart Association warns people about the effects of hot weather on their health. Extreme heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion and stroke. Add in high humidity and you can find a very dangerous situation. Warn seniors to limit outside activity when the temperature is above 70 degrees with humidity…

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