Rising temperatures pose new risks for heart patients. Near East University Hospital Cardiology Department physicians Dr. Aziz Günsel emphasizes that heart patients should pay attention to nutrition, daily activity planning and drug doses during this period.
With the month of August, the air temperatures continue to rise. Rising temperatures pose new risks for many patient groups. Heart patients stand out as one of the patient groups most negatively affected by hot weather. Near East University Hospital Cardiology Department specialist Dr. Aziz Günsel warned about the risks that heart patients may face due to the increase in air temperature.
Emphasizing that the loss of water and salt due to sweating causes an increase in heart rate as the temperatures increase, Dr. Aziz Günsel said that this situation increased the workload of the heart. Dr. For this reason, Günsel stated that patients with high blood pressure, heart failure, obstruction in the heart vessels or stents or a history of bypass should be especially careful in hot weather.
Attention to Nutrition
Dr. Aziz Günsel also made statements about the measures that heart patients can take in hot weather. Stating that nutrition and diet to be applied in the summer months become much more important, Dr. Günsel said, “Heart patients should take vegetable-based, rich pulp, boiled or grilled foods instead of fatty, heavy and difficult to digest foods in the summer months. "It would be beneficial to have frequent meals and small amounts of the foods" he said.
Plan the day right
Dr. One of the issues that Günsel draws attention to is the timing of daily activities. Saying, "It is necessary not to go out, not to swim in the sea, to avoid activities that require excessive effort during these hours and to drink alcohol during hot hours," said Dr. Günsel said, "Swimming on a full stomach can be dangerous for heart patients." Early morning and evening cool hours, if it's the right time for effort-consuming activities. "It will be beneficial for cardiac patients to walk or swim during these hours so that they do not exert themselves excessively," said Dr. Günsel also warned that "When complaints such as chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations and fainting occur, they should be checked by the nearest health center."
Drug Use Should Be Planned Under the Supervision of a Doctor
Stating that cardiac patients using regular medication can be rearranged under the supervision of a doctor, taking into account the changes caused by the air temperature and the body's drug doses. Aziz Günsel emphasized that patients who use diuretic drugs should pay attention. "Exposure to excessive fluid loss, weakness, fatigue or rhythm disturbances can be seen in patients with heart failure or high blood pressure using diuretic drugs," said Dr. Aziz Günsel recommends that the drug doses of patients using this type of medication be rearranged under the doctor's follow-up.