It was previously thought that patients with heart conditions needed to refrain from physical activity, but now cardiologists generally agree that physical activity is actually critical for preserving heart health and reducing the risk of future cardiac events. However, exercising during the hot Las Vegas summer does require some extra precautions. Consider talking to a doctor at your heart hospital before starting a new exercise routine or changing your current one. To learn more about heart health, watch this featured video, which showcases an interview with a doctor at MountainView Hospital .
Use the Buddy System
Just in case of medical emergencies, it’s a good idea to exercise outdoors with a friend. Exercising with a friend can also motivate you to push yourself to go a little farther. Invite your buddy to work out with you during the morning or early evening hours, rather than during the middle of the day when the sun is hottest. At least one of you should bring a cellphone just in case of emergencies.
Select lightweight, lightly colored, breathable fabrics to work out in. Wear a hat to keep the sun off your face. You could also choose well-ventilated athletic shoes and wear socks that wick moisture away from your feet.
Staying hydrated is crucial when exercising in hot weather, especially if you have a medical condition. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout. You could wear a pack that cinches around your waist to carry water during your workout or consider investing in a hydration backpack.
Identify Warning Signs
If you become excessively short of breath, fatigued, or experience any other symptoms such as heart palpitations, it’s best to stop exercising and call your doctor for guidance. Additionally, watch out for the signs of heat-related illnesses, such as dizziness, nausea, confusion, and headaches. Severe heat-related illnesses require treatment at the emergency care department.
As a leading provider of heart care services, MountainView Hospital welcomes new and current patients with acute and chronic heart conditions. In addition to our emergency care, Las Vegas residents can rely on our heart hospital for non-invasive cardiology, interventional cardiology, and many more sophisticated services. General questions about the services available at our heart hospital may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.