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Doctors Warn, Extreme Heat Can Cause Heart Attacks

This week the temperatures around the Ark-La-Tex have been bearable, but it’s a safe bet to say we haven’t seen our last 100+ degree day of the year.

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The American Heart Association warns that heart attack deaths peak each year during the hot summer months.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more people died from heat related deaths between 1979 and 2003 than from other natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornado’s and earthquakes combined during the same period. Dozens have died in the U.S. this summer due to the heat. Here are some ways to avoid being the next victim.

  • Wear loose fitting clothing that can “breath”.
  • Stay hydrated! Even if you don’t feel thirsty, if you’re working outside you should drink water at least every 20 minutes.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeinated drinks while out in the heat.  They actually pull water from the body.
  • Those taking high blood pressure or heart related medicine should take extra precautions as they are more susceptible to feeling the effects of over-heating.
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat (yes, they look silly, but they really do help!)
  • Try to avoid being out in the heat between noon and 3pm. This is when the suns effects are the most intense.
Remember, heat stroke and other heat related problems are avoidable just by taking a few extra steps to ensure your body stays as cool as possible.

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