Health officials warn about heart health during hot weather

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – Summer is a busy time for first responders and hospitals across the valley and people with heart disease are particularly vulnerable.

However, three-digit temperatures can be dangerous even for the healthiest people.

“These high temperatures above 100 degrees – are very difficult for the heart,” explained Dr. Vivian Torio. “The heart is responsible for cooling the body and so it works much harder when temperatures are above 100 degrees.”

Heat-related emergencies are on the rise and even those that do not have pre-existing conditions can be affected.

Dr. Torio, with Kaiser Permanente, said you can reduce the risk.

“Everything can be prevented – you just have to make sure you are hydrated,” he said.

Dr. Torio sees several patients coming and they are just dehydrated. It is recommended to drink 64 ounces, or 8 glasses, of water a day.

If you drink caffeine or alcohol, exercise or eat a lot of sodium, this amount should be increased.

“So 64 ounces is standard and minimal, but most of us need more than that,” said Dr. Torio.

According to health officials, adults and children are more prone to dehydration and heat-related illnesses.

However, if you have to work outside in the heat, choose your clothes wisely.

“SPF protection against rashes is excellent. Make sure you wear a hat. You do not want a lot of mattresses. You will overheat,” said Dr. Torio.

If you or someone you are with has started to have difficulty in the heat, go into the shade and take off your clothes. If there are signs of dizziness or nausea, you should seek medical attention.

Taking these precautions, health officials said you would avoid a trip by ambulance or to the emergency room.

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