What to do to deal with heat

By Rightbundlebranchblock Latest Reply 2012-01-11 05:52:24 -0600
Started 2011-07-02 19:36:44 -0500

Now that summer is here, what is the best way to deal with excess heat and humidity? For example, yesterday was such a beast of a day with heat and humidity beyond excess. I was very sweaty, and felt nauseous. I drank a lot of water and diet soda. How does someone like me, who has CHF and a RBBB, replenish fluids best? Gatorade went through my mind, but how much? How much is TOO much? I didn't take my Furosemide, as I attended a graveside service, but Did take my Lisinopril, Bisoprolol, and Isosorbide Mono. I need to be careful in heat because of some of my meds for depression, but I needed to be outdoors. Any ideas?

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HeartHawk 2011-07-02 23:30:54 -0500 Report


Good to hear from you again. Great subject! To answer your question, in a word, "water!"

In every analysis I have seen, except for cases of severe electrolyte depletion, water is the best "medicine" for dehydration. There is no magic except to drink as much water as you can. Your stomach will say, "No more" long before you drown, lol!

Also, dehydration can sneak up on you. I was in Arizona (100 degree temperatures) recently and had to take someone who had been in sitting in the shade to the emergency room with severe dehydration even though she claimed to be drinking copious amount of iced tea.

I would caution about using Gatorade - it is full of sugars and carbohydrates. It can send yor blood sugar through the roof! Also note, alcohol beverages are NOT proper hydration and can make the problem much worse!


Heart-Healthy-Bob 2012-01-11 05:52:24 -0600 Report

I agree - water. I have also discovered a vest that I can wear with cooling gels. So on hot days in San Jose, CA I can walk for an hour or two and not feel the heat of the day. If you want to know more about it, please message me directly. My intent is NOT to advertise, but to describe what I do to beat the heat (during the summer, of course).