Heart Health- Protect yourself in the Heat

Posted on: June 29th, 2015 by WilliamBros Blogger

Man with blue shirt cooling down in front of a fan.

Your heart health is important all year round, but it is necessary to be extremely cautious of your heart health during the summer. The mix of high heat and a heart condition can lead to serious health problems including stroke, heat stroke and the potential for a heart attack. Williams Brothers Pharmacy is bringing you tips on how to protect your heart in the heat this July.

Protect your heart in the heat

Lather on the sunscreen– Some medications can have a bad interaction with sunlight. If your medication interacts badly with sunlight, the pill bottle should note how severe it is. If you’re not sure, talk to your local pharmacist at Williams Brothers Pharmacy to see if your heart or blood pressure medication has a bad reaction when mixed with too much sunlight. You can stay on the safe side by always wearing at least 15 SPF sunscreen and reapplying every 2 hours. If you are swimming or sweating a lot, be sure to put sunscreen on about every hour.

Avoid overheating– Whether you have a heart condition or not, overheating is not good for your health. It can make you feel tired, distressed and you could potentially end up in the hospital. You can avoid overheating by seeking shade while outside, drinking plenty of water and avoid the outdoors when there is a heat advisory.

Take regular breaks– If you are out in the backyard, you can take breaks by going indoors when you are feeling fatigued. Know your limits when you’re outdoors so you don’t end up feeling ill. When you take breaks, take the time to drink plenty of water to prevent an ill feeling.

Williams Brothers Pharmacy wants you to protect your heart in the heat this July. We hope you enjoy the dog days of summer without overheating. Contact us today to learn more about our pharmacy services.

 

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