Advice for Those Who Want to Protect Their Heart Health in Summer

10.06.2021 -
TURKEY

Medipol Mega University Hospital Cardiology Department Head Prof. Dr. Bilal Boztosun stated that caffeine-containing tea and coffee should be consumed sparingly and that at least 2 liters of water should be drunk daily.

In the statement made by the hospital, Boztosun pointed out that with the increase in air temperatures, heart diseases and crisis cases may increase, and shared the recommendations that should be considered for the protection of heart health in the summer months.

- Excessive sweating can lower your blood pressure

Emphasizing that especially blood pressure patients should be careful against the sun, Boztosun said, "Do not make the mistakes that cause hypertension, heart attack and heart ailments with the increase in temperatures in the summer season. Avoid being outside during the summer season between 10am and 3pm, when UV rays are strongest. Exercise 2 hours after dinner in the evening. Dehydration due to sweating while exercising in hot weather conditions can cause low blood pressure.' used the phrases.

Recommending to wear loose, natural fabrics instead of synthetic and tight clothes that make you sweat in summer, Boztosun warned that natural, breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen would be healthy because synthetic fabrics trap heat.

- Do not exceed 2 cups of coffee a day

Boztosun stated that caffeine-containing tea and coffee should be consumed limitedly, especially in summer, due to their diuretic effects, and stated that 1-2 cups a day should not be exceeded. Boztosun, 'You should consume at least 2 liters of water a day. Your body starts to sweat in order not to be adversely affected in extremely hot weather. Increased fluid loss in the body can cause severely low blood pressure in hypertensive patients due to the effects of the use of diuretics. As a result, serious problems such as fainting and kidney dysfunction may develop.' made a statement.

- Cold shower warning in hot weather for heart patients

Emphasizing that attention should be paid to hot-cold showers, Boztosun said:

'Cold water narrows the vessels, causing blood pressure to rise. If your blood pressure is under control and you are taking your medication regularly, it is okay to take a shower with cold water, but if you have uncontrolled blood pressure, we do not recommend it because it will increase your blood pressure values ​​even more. Also, if you don't drink enough fluids and take a hot shower, your blood pressure may drop too much. People who know that they have high blood pressure or are at risk should be careful when using saunas and jacuzzis in spas or gyms. Moving quickly between cold and hot water can also increase blood pressure.'

Stating that check-ups must be made every year, Boztosun said, 'Due to summer holidays, check-ups may be delayed. If you are taking multiple medications, including diuretics, or if you have kidney problems or other chronic conditions, the dosage of these medications may need to be adjusted. For this reason, you should visit your doctor every month.' gave advice.

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