Friday, May 28, 2010

Keeping the heart healthy in summer

  • Slow down- strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay at the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
  • Dress for summer- lightweight light coloured clothing reflects sunlight and heat and helps the body maintain normal temperatures.
  • Put less fuel on your fires. Foods like proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless prescribed by a physician. People on salt restricted diet should consult their physicians before increasing the salt intake.
  • Spend more time in air-conditioned places- air-conditioning at home and other places reduces the danger from heat. If you cannot afford an air-conditioner then spending some time each day in an air-conditioned environment affords some protection.
  • Don’t get too much sun- sunburn makes the job of the heat dissipation that much more difficult.
  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages. The body needs water to cool. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets, or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids.
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