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Summer Heat and Your Heart

Precautions Against Heat-Related Illnesses

Robin Bender
Benefit and Wellness Coordinator

As you take a walk outside or work around the yard this summer, it is important to stay safe when the temperatures rise. Heart patients, individuals older than 50 and those who are overweight need to take precautions. According to the American Heart Association, certain heart medications like beta blockers, ace receptor blockers, ace inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, and diuretics can overstress the body’s response to heat. Despite the heat, it is important to keep taking your medication. If you are not on these medications, individuals — especially over the age of 50 — still need to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Here are some tips that everyone should follow:


These tips can be lifesaving when dealing with high temperatures. Heat-related illnesses, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are not only a danger for heart patients and the elderly but for everyone. Learn more about identifying symptoms of heat-related illnesses from our Safety Manager in his post, “Dealing with the Summer Heat”: http://bit.ly/28SJPPL