When summer arrives, you may wonder how to stay cool as temperatures
rise. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke can be a concern for
people with heart trouble—especially heart failure. That’s because your
heart may have difficulty pumping blood to your skin, where heat is
released. Your medication may make it harder to sweat, too. Sweating
also helps you cool off.
The best way to cool off is to get to an air-conditioned environment. If
your home is not air-conditioned, head to the mall, library, or movie
Try these tips, too:
Plan activities for early morning or late evening
Shower, bathe, or sponge yourself off with cool water
Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothes
If you’ve been sweating, your body probably needs more fluid. But some
people with heart problems need to limit their fluid intake, and some
are taking diuretics, which help the body to release excess fluid in the
urine. So be sure to check with your health care provider about whether
it is safe for you to drink more fluids when it's hot out.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.