Cardiologist: Risk of fatal heart attack doubles during heatwave

The most common cause of death in the country is heart and vascular disease. There are a number of factors that increase the risk of serious heart problems, including genetics, diet, and physical activity levels.

Another factor that is out of our control is high temperature. Now in a number of regions hot weather has returned, which significantly increases the risk of a heart attack. According to cardiologists, even four days of heat can double the chances of a fatal heart attack.

Dr. Rodney Fole, a consultant cardiologist at the Harley Street Clinic, told the Express that heat can increase the risk of dehydration. heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which stress the cardiovascular system.

– Dehydration reduces blood volume, which leads to low blood pressure and increased heart rate. Stress associated with high temperatures can also increase the load on the heart and exacerbate existing cardiovascular diseases, the physician noted.

What symptoms that may signal heart problems associated with high fever, should I pay attention?

—Symptoms such as palpitations, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, confusion, increased sweating, chest pain and shortness of breath. They indicate the load on the heart associated with a high temperature,– said the doctor.

How to protect your heart in hot weather? The main thing is to avoid dehydration. To stay hydrated, you need to pay special attention to regular water intake, choose fluid-rich foods, limit sugary and alcoholic drinks, spend time outdoors during cool periods (mornings and evenings), and wear light clothing.

“Favor fresh fruits and vegetables, and choose lean protein sources like fish, poultry and legumes to keep your muscles healthy and reduce your intake of saturated fats,” advises a cardiologist.

Drinking too much alcohol can lead to dehydration and stress on the heart.

Symptoms of a heart attack:

severe pain in the chest area;
headache and dizziness;
shortness of breath, lack of air;
weakness, fatigue, the appearance of cold sweat;
nausea and discomfort in the stomach;
cardiac arrhythmias.

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