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Heat and your heart: Health experts advise hydration, pacing during hot days

St. Elizabeth experts advise hydration, pacing during hot days (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There is now a warning about heat related illnesses from area health care providers.

If you are heading outdoors to exercise, as many moms do for a fitness class in Blue Ash, or just choosing to mow the lawn or do other gardening outside, there’s a word of caution from heart experts at St. Elizabeth Healthcare,

These are the kinds of temperatures that bring people in to area emergency rooms with heart events.

Dr. Christian Hays is a heart specialist who said that those with existing heart conditions need to be especially careful not to over-exert in the heat.

He says even your usual activity can lead to stress on your heart, that might really be avoided with plenty to drink, frequent breaks, and minimizing activity at the hottest times of the day.

“We see a lots of chest pain, lots of MI's, a lot of that is dehydration, and so when you are dehydrated, your blood doesn't thicken but the hematocrit goes up, sort of the viscosity goes up, and that can create a lot of problems, that can lend itself to clotting and acute MI,” said Dr. Hays.

An MI is a “myocardial infarction,” which is a dangerous heart event.

Often these happen with symptoms of sudden shortness of breath, chest pain and fatigue, so all those are early warning signs to seek medical attention.

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