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High Temps Affect Men’s Heart The Most

Correlation Between High Temps & Cardiovascular-Related Deaths
Men were affected at a higher rate than women.
Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 5:22 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A new study by the American Heart Association - shows the relationship between the weather and heart-related diseases.

Reporter Brett Brooks shares more about the findings.

Researchers looking at the relationship between the temperature outside and cardiovascular-related deaths.

According to the AHA, when the temperature outside reaches an average of 109 degrees Fahrenheit. The number of deaths from cardiovascular disease may double or even triple.

Men were more affected almost 3 and a half times higher. Women died nearly 2 and a half times more often in over 100 degree temperatures.

When the body’s core temp increases, blood is shifted from the organs to underneath the skin

It’s this shift which put added stress on the heart to pump even more blood and this increases the stress.

“People with heart disease also takes certain medications that can make them dehydrated. There are diuretics and things that help with blood pressure and heart failure. Those folks are even more susceptible to fluid changes and swings and they need to be careful that they stay well hydrated when they go outside in the heat,” explains Dr. Donald Yakel, a cardiologist at UnityPoint Health.

Dr. Yakel also suggests those who are taking medication to be aware of their water intake, especially in medicines which can lead to more urination, known in medical terms as a diuretic.

The best way to protect yourself is to avoid going outside during the hottest part of the day and to know just how much water your body needs to maintain it’s hydration levels.

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