Cardiovascular Diseases Specialist Dr. Dr. Muharrem Arslandag gave information on the subject. Despite the increasing technology, cardiovascular diseases, which are the most important cause of death today, are seen in one of every 2-3 people. Despite the developing modern medical techniques and drugs, the ease and difficulties brought by nature and technology increase the risk of death from heart diseases.
Extreme heat and humidity, which reduce the comfort of life of even healthy people, cause more harm to heart patients. If the body fluid lost with increased sweating cannot be replaced, blood clotting becomes easier and kidney problems develop. As a result, predisposition to the development of heart attack, rhythm disorders, kidney failure and blood electrolyte disorders can be seen. The work done by the heart to pump the blood it needs to pump will increase and the heart muscle will be more tired, which may cause serious problems, especially in patients with heart failure. In addition, sudden increases in blood pressure due to increased heart rate can cause hypertensive crises and cerebral vascular occlusion. Due to the heat that causes these problems, heart patients should pay maximum attention.
The important things to consider in order to cope with rising temperatures are as follows:
- You should not go out at noon, when the rays of the sun do the most damage, especially around 4-5 in the evening when the rays stop falling perpendicular to the ground.
- Sunbathing in the morning and afternoon
- Avoiding work that requires pain and effort, not being able to do it under the sun if work is to be done
- Continuing the walks before the daylight intensifies in the morning and after sunset in the evening
- Although the needs of the body vary from person to person, consuming at least 8-10 glasses of water
- Consumption of fruits, vegetables, buttermilk and mineral water, especially to re-supply the body of minerals lost with the ground.
- Avoiding harmful habits that increase heart rate and lose water, such as smoking and alcohol
- Losing weight and achieving ideal weight if possible
- In summary, cardiovascular patients are at risk due to extreme temperatures and increased humidity. The fluid lost by the body due to the heat should be covered by consuming plenty of liquid food and water. In addition, it is essential not to be outside at noon when the sun is at its hottest, because the increased temperature will invite serious rhythm disturbances and death.