Hot, humid weather poses significant risks for heat-related injuries, including heat stroke, exhaustion, dizziness or fainting, and cramps, and individuals with cardiovascular disease are at elevated risk.
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute encourages everyone to follow these important tips below to keep cool this summer.
How to avoid heat-related injuries:
- Unless you have heart failure and have been told by your doctor to watch your fluid intake, drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.
- Avoid vigorous, high-intensity activity in extreme heat conditions.
- If you are going for a walk, hike, jog or bike ride outside in the summer, don’t forget to bring your water bottle with you and hydrate from time to time.
- Wear comfortable, light coloured, loose-fitting clothing to help you stay cool in the sun.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat.
- Be aware of the symptoms of heat injury such as chills, nausea, dizziness, weakness, and profuse sweating. If you experience any of these symptoms, find a cool shaded area, relax and drink plenty of water and, if you’re feeling unwell, consider returning home to rest.
For more information about how you and your family and friends can maintain a COVID-safe and heart-healthy lifestyle this summer, consult the University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s Prevention and Wellness website.