Heart Fit Clinic Releases Vital Tip Sheet To Prevent Hot Summer Heart Attacks

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With more hot summer days ahead, the Heart Fit Clinic is providing vital information about preventing heart attacks due to heat. Hot summers can be a recipe for heart disease placing undo stress on hearts.

Summer is here and it is bringing people outside to be active; however, it is important to keep our heart safe when the temperatures rise.

Calgary's Heart Fit Clinic is educating or providing valuable screening to people to prevent hot weather heart disease.

1. Summer is a time to get out and be more active with the favourable weather. The first thing is to make sure fitness is up to par for the activity people wish to engage in. It is advised to work slowly and get ones fitness level up over the warm days.

2. Make sure people warm up and cool down after activities. Gradually bring heart rate up and gradually bring heart rate down for activities.

3. Hydration is key. When people are thirsty it is too late. This is already a big symptom of heat exhaustion. When people experience heat exhaustion, it makes people's hearts weaker putting them at risk for a heart attack. Heat exhaustion can leave peoples hearts weak along with rapid pulses. People can also experience fast and shallow breathing, muscle cramps and/or dizziness and nausea.

4. Dress for the heat. Wear loose and breathable clothing, wearing a hat, and sunglasses.
This includes good footwear and socks.

5. Pay attention to how you feel. Take regular breaks or even try to be active near dawn or dusk to minimize the hottest point of the day.

6. Most important is to understand cardiovascular risk. Yes, high blood pressure and diabetes should be controlled with general physicians, however people can still be on the path of a heart attack or stroke. Obtaining exercise stress tests from cardiologists is a good start however not the only answer. They may even go onwards to nuclear stress tests, to get better information but it does come at a price.

The Heart Fit Clinic provides vital non-invasive heart screenings to determine inflammatory risk of heart disease. Many people can still be on the path of a heart attack even after getting checked by a physician because they are not looking at inflammation. The Heart Fit Clinic is providing education on heart disease and heat along with accurate cardiac screening investigations that are not covered at physician offices.

For more information on hot weather and heart disease along with some heart disease assessments and treatment programs contact the Heart Fit Clinic. This also include the EECP services.

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