Hendrick Medical Center Cardiologist Dr. Ralph McCleskey says a person's risk for heart problems can rise with the temperature. The hottest part of summer can be your peak risk for heart failure. Not only does the heat itself strain the heart, it often keeps people less active. Many people, understandably, do not want to be out in the extreme heat, so they fail to get up and get moving as often as is recommended to prevent heart disease.
Dr. McCleskey also says dry and humid heats affect the body differently. Humidity can often be more dangerous, because the body is less able to produce sweat when it is muggy. Since sweating is crucial in Summer months, Dr. McCleskey says the less humid days may take less of a toll on the body.
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