Becoming overheated in the summer sounds like something that happens to people who are outside in the sun running around. That is not always the case - people with a medical condition can suffer from a heat stroke while sitting perfectly still in the shade. A heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate temperatures. People with medical conditions or people taking medications need to know the signs and symptoms of a heat stroke.
The most obvious and familiar reaction to summer heat and warm weather is sweating. This is your bodies way of cooling itself down. Your heart also beats faster when it is warm. It doesn’t matter what kind of physical activity you are doing or aren’t doing, your heart is beating faster. Your heart is working hard to pump blood to the skin and muscles. When blood gets closer to the skin surface, it cools down. Your heart works extra hard to make this happen. When
Anything that interferes with the bodies natural way of cooling down could lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Many different medical conditions and medications do just that, interfere with the body’s natural processes.
Heart disease may effect the bodies reaction to summer heat as the heart may no be able to increase speed. If the heart can’t pick up the pace, the body won’t cool off as well. Some people with heart disease also have a hard time handling excess fluids. The typical “drink lots of fluids” advice may not be a good idea for people with heart disease.
Diabetes can often cause people to be dehydrated when their blood sugar isn’t where it needs to be. Dehydration can prevent the body from sweating normally when it is hot. Other things to consider when it comes to summer heat and diabetes is the the temperature of insulin. Keep it in a cool place and never in direct sunlight.
Signs that your body may be getting over heated are dizziness, heavy sweating, muscle cramps, cold or clammy hands, headaches, rapid heartbeat, and nausea. If you have any of these symptoms get out the summer heat immediately, drink some water (unless instructed by a doctor not to) and seek medical attention.
When outside this summer, be aware of your health. Dress for the warm weather and take a break whenever you need to cool down. Summer is fun when you are feeling your best!