Caring for Your Heart in the Heat of Summer
The temperatures climb sky high during Las Vegas summers, and if you have heart disease, you need to take special measures to stay healthy. Before you spend time outside, talk to the physicians at your heart hospital in Las Vegas about strategies you can use to avoid heart problems in the heat. These tips will also help you enjoy summer safely. Remember to go to the emergency room if you have any signs of heart trouble.
Dress for the Season
When temperatures are high, be sure to choose clothing that will keep you cool. Go for lightweight fabrics in light colors, and avoid clothes that are form fitting, as they won’t let your skin breath. Add sunglasses to keep your eyes safe and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face from the rays of the sun.
Reach for Water
Dehydration takes a toll on your heart. During the summer months, you need more water to stay hydrated, especially if you are active outdoors. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid dehydration. You can get extra hydration into your diet by eating foods with high water content, such as cucumbers, watermelon, and celery.
Get Active Indoors
If your usual exercise regime takes place in the outdoors, consider moving inside for the summer. Try new indoor activities such as racquetball, yoga, or basketball on inside courts when the weather is hot. If you don’t want to give up your usual outdoor workout, be sure to do it early in the morning or in the evening, when temperatures are the coolest. Always avoid physical activity between noon and 3 p.m., when the sun is at its strongest. Before you start any new exercise regime, check with a physician at a heart hospital to be sure it is safe for you.
The heart hospital at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas is a regional leader in cardiac care. For a referral to a physician at our heart hospital or more information about our other services, including stroke care, please call (702) 731-8000.