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UAlbany study looks at how heat affects older adults with cardiovascular disease

July 18, 2019 05:35 PM

We know the heat can cause health problems and children and seniors are at higher risk of trouble, but there wasn't a good body of research into how it affects older adults with cardiovascular disease until now.

The University at Albany School of Public Health is out with a study. It shows emergency department visits increase on extremely hot days for this group. So that means they need to be extra cautious.

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If you have older family members with heart disease, be sure to check on them. Make sure they are hydrated, have a cool place to spend time, and reduce their physical activity when the temperature spikes. These pointers hold for all of us.

Remember, heat stroke is a medical emergency. Symptoms include nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma.

It can happen if milder heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat fainting, and heat exhaustion aren't treated. However, it can strike even if you have no previous signs of heat injury.

Bottom line, when the mercury soars along with high humidity, slow down, get out of the sun and stay hydrated.

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Rose Goewey

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