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Know How Scorching Summer Heat can Affect Your Heart

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Know How Scorching Summer Heat can Affect Your Heart

Cardiac Surgery | by Dr. Ratan Kumar Das | Published on 08/04/2022

We all can feel the temperature rising, after all the summers are almost here. Children are excited because finally they can eat their favourite ice creams and some adults too as now, they can step out of their baggy winter clothes. No doubt the summer season is fun in many ways, but we cannot simply ignore the scorching heat that makes you want to sit in front of a fan or air conditioner all the time. The sweat and humidity can make you feel really uncomfortable at times, especially when you are out of the comfort zone of your home. For some people summer is nothing more than a season, for others, it might mean an increased risk of various heart diseases. Yes, you read that right. Just like extremely cold temperatures can impact your heart health, so can heat. This especially holds true for people who already have an existing heart condition, as such people 10 to be at a higher risk of experiencing problems like heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Here are some come side effects of heat on our health, as listed by the experts specializing in coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG).


Heatstroke - It is one of the most common, as well as serious health problems experienced by people living in extremely hot weather. The problem is marked by an increase in the core body temperature of a person and is likely to trigger symptoms like slurred speech, excessive sweating, seizures, and loss of consciousness. He is stroke is usually caused by overexposure to high temperatures or indulging in rigorous physical activities in hot weather. The condition calls for the need of immediate medical intervention, failing which, there is a serious risk of vital organ damage. You can bring down the risks of heatstroke by wearing loose fidget clothes, using a shield against the sun, keeping yourself well hydrated, avoid going out during the peak sun hours.


Heat exhaustion - It is caused by overexposure to the sun, while not being properly hydrated. Heat exhaustion is classified into two different types - water exhaustion and salt exhaustion. The former is marked by excessive, severe headache and unconsciousness, whereas are the latest characterized by muscle cramps, lightheadedness and nausea. Experts from the best heart hospital in Kolkata suggest that heat exhaustion is not as serious as a heat stroke, you should not be taking it lightly. The proper medical invention is very important or else the condition can progress to heatstroke, posing a serious threat to your heart and other vital organs. The best way to prevent heat exhaustion is by drinking sports drinks to boost your energy levels, avoiding warm and tight clothes, and taking cool showers every day.


Rhabdomyolysis - It is a heat-related condition marked by the release of myoglobin, a muscle fiber in the body, owing to the breakdown of muscle tissue due to direct or indirect muscle injury. This usually happens due to rigorous Physical activities however overheating also plays a major role in elevating the risks of the same. Rhabdomyolysis is characterized by symptoms like pain and cramps in the muscles, dark urine, fatigue, and general body weakness. What is important to note is that not all people suffering from the condition are likely to experience the symptoms and some might not present with any symptoms at all. You can lower the risks of rhabdomyolysis by avoiding rigorous exercise in the summer and keeping yourself hydrated at all times.


Heat syncope - Commonly referred to as orthostatic dizziness, it is marked by an episode of fainting which happens when the temperature is extremely high. Heat syncope is usually experienced by people during the first few days of being exposed to heat. Experts specializing in coronary artery Bypass surgery in Kolkata suggest that high temperature can interfere with your heart's ability to circulate blood, and as such your brain does not receive enough of it, the chances of which increase when you are standing under the sun for a long period of time. Heat syncope can also be caused by dehydration, so it is always a better idea to keep yourself hydrated. You should also avoid wearing heavy headgear and clothing during the summers, especially when you are out.


To know more about how heat can impact your heart, consult doctors from the BM Birla Hospital hospital in Kolkata, today.