Hearts and heat: Take common-sense steps to stay safe this summer

To stay safe in extreme heat, otherwise fit, active men should know and stay within their limits. Avoiding work and exercise during the hottest times of the day and drinking adequate fluids help prevent problems. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and muscle cramps are signs that the body is unable to regulate its temperature in extreme heat. Men with cardiac conditions are at increased risk for developing heat-related problems. They should also understand how medications could alter their response to extreme heat. Flushed, clammy skin; heavy sweating; weakness, lethargy, loss of concentration, headache, and nausea are signs of heat exhaustion. This can progress to heat stroke, which is a medical emergency and can be fatal. Men who feel these symptoms should get to a cool place and drink fluids.

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