Staying Hydrated Is Healthy For Your Heart
Summer is in full swing and temperatures are rising. It is important to know how to stay healthy in the heat, especially when in the sun or taking part in physical activity. The best thing you can do is stay hydrated.
What is dehydration?
In the heat, you sweat, which takes liquid away from your body. You may experience headaches, swollen feet, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Dehydration means there is less liquid in your bloodstream. When your blood is thicker, your heart must work harder to pump it. Staying hydrated allows your heart to pump blood through your blood vessels to your muscles and other organs normally. This means your heart does not have to work as hard.
Dehydration and the Heart
Straining your heart with dehydration is not good for anyone, especially if you are sweating in the heat and not hydrating. The danger to the heart in the heat is more significant for anyone with diabetes, heart disease, or any other heart or circulatory issue. Those who are over fifty or overweight are also at higher risk.
What to do
The best thing you can do for your heart is to see the doctors at Carolina Heart and Leg Center, P.A. The doctors will advise you of the top precautions to take for in the heat; like staying hydrated. Anyone with pre-existing risk factors should have a heart exam at Carolina Heart and Leg Center, P.A before going into the heat.
At Carolina Heart And Leg Center, P.A. we are dedicated to serving our patients in a caring and supportive atmosphere with expert knowledge, patient education, and the highest standard of care. Contact us today at (910) 491- 1760 and put your health in good hands.
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