Scorching temperatures cause a heart attack

Dr Hayri Alici stressed that rising temperatures in recent days have brought health problems, highlighting that heart disease is the main cause of these problems.

“Rising air temperatures could trigger a heart attack”

Cardiology specialist Dr Dr Hayri Alici said: “The main reason for the deterioration of heart health in the summer months is the arrangements made to maintain the heat balance of the body with the increase in temperature. Due to the increase in air temperature, fluid and salt loss in the body occurs with sweating.

The scorching heat becomes even more dangerous when combined with humidity. Temperatures and the humidity that occur with the temperature rise are especially risky for people with cardiovascular disease, heart failure and hypertension. As the veins that nourish the skin contract in the cold, they expand in the heat, trying to reduce or increase heat loss in the body. This requires the heart to work harder. In people with heart failure, directing blood flow primarily to the skin prevents other organs from performing their functions in a healthy manner.

‘Drink a lot of water to prevent a heart attack’

According to Cardiology Specialist Dr. Hayri Alici said: “Make sure to drink 2-2.5 liters of water a day in summer. There is no need to wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Heart patients in particular should drink plenty of water to prevent water loss in hot weather. Avoid going outside between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as much as possible. Choose light-colored, comfortable and loose clothing made of fabric that does not increase perspiration. Since the loss of electrolytes, especially sodium, will be high in our body with sweat, you should use the amount of salt recommended by your doctor. Choose light meals. Avoid greasy fries and spicy foods. Don’t ignore regular doctor checkups,” he said.

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