Beat the heat for your heart

By Ishita Gupta Heart News   |   10th Aug 2022

People living with heart disease are vulnerable in very hot weather and need to be extra careful.

People living with heart disease or those who have had a stroke need to be extra careful in the summer as very hot temperatures can put an extra strain on the heart and circulation. Therefore, with the recent high temperatures both at home and abroad it’s important to take precautions to protect your heart.

Extremely hot weather can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. According to the HSE heat exhaustion is not usually serious if you can cool down within 30 minutes. If it turns into heat stroke it needs to be treated as an emergency. The main symptoms of heat stroke are:

If you believe someone is suffering from heatstroke, CALL 999 or 112. More information in relation to heat exhaustion and heat stroke is available on the HSE website.

Get the best out of the lovely weather while staying safe and healthy


In order to stay cool and safe in the summer the HSE has issued the following advice:

Keep cool  

Stay hydrated

Take care of yourself but also those around you, especially people with underlying health conditions or heart conditions as they are most at risk. Check on your family and friends when possible and ensure they are cool and comfortable. Get the best out of the lovely weather while staying safe and healthy.

For more information on how to be SunSmart please visit the HSE SunSmart hub.

Further information is available at the Government of Ireland’s Be Summer Ready website.


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