Healthy Tahoe: Beat summertime heat for your heart

Summertime living is easy — but for your heart, and with Tahoe daytime temperatures nearing 100 degrees lately, the warmest season of the year can be a challenge.

David Young, MD

Dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke can be a concern for people with heart trouble — especially heart failure. That’s because your heart may have difficulty pumping blood to your skin, where heat is released. Sweating helps you cool off, but your medication may make it harder to sweat, too.

As the thermometer remains high, keep these tips in mind for heart-healthy living this summer.

Hydrate with healthy drinks. While a cold soda sounds refreshing when the sun is shining, soda can be dehydrating. Consider healthier options such as lemon water, unsweetened iced tea, fruit smoothies, and non-alcoholic versions of your favorite drinks.

Sweat it out. It only takes 30 minutes a day to lower your blood pressure.

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