Keep cool for heart health in high heat

Dallas, 14 June 2022 The American Heart Association, a worldwide force for longer, healthier lives for everyone, urges individuals to protect their hearts against the early summer heat

Temperatures over 100F or in the 80s with heavy humidity may generate a heart-damaging heat index. Heat and dehydration make

the heart work harder by transferring blood from organs to the skin. This causes the heart to pump extra blood, stressing it. 

Wear light, breathable clothes like cotton or a newer fabric that repels perspiration. Hat and shades. Reapply a water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15 every two hours.

Drink water before, during, and after exercise or being outdoors. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Find shade or a cool area, rest, drink, and continue.

Heat exhaustion:
headaches. perspiration. chilled, wet skin. ainting/dizziness (syncope). a slow pulse. twitches. shallow respiration. 

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