MOH News
Medical Tips for Cardiac Patients in Summer
12 June 2014
The Senior Consultant in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, Dr. Mahib Ahmed Al-Abdullah, indicated that the most important advices directed to cardiac patients to maintain their health in summer include avoiding extreme heat and drinking sufficient liquids, while those who are suffering severe weakness in the heart muscle or heart failure are advised to drink sufficient liquids besides taking medications regularly.
 
Regarding the risks arising from exposure to sunlight, he said: "High temperature has a bad effect on everyone, particularly cardiac patients as it causes them dehydration, blood hypertension and severe fatigue."
 
This came while hosting of Dr. Mahib Ahmed Al-Abdullah, the Senior Consultant in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, at the National Center for Media and Health Awareness of the Ministry of Health (MOH) via the center's toll free number: 8002494444 and the Ministry's Twitter account: @saudimoh; to answer inquiries of cardiac patients and provide them with the most important advices to be followed on the summer vacation.
 
Furthermore, Dr. Al-Abdullah advised cardiac patients to consult their treating physician to make sure that their health situation is stable and fit for traveling. The heart patients were also advised to take sufficient medications with them together with the medical reports showing their health status.
 
Answering a question about if swimming could expose cardiac patients to risks, Dr. Al-Abdullah said that swimming does not generally cause any harm to cardiac patients with a stable health condition, while others who are suffering from a stress-related steep fall in heart or chest pains are advised to avoid swimming. "Cardiac patients are requested to undergo necessary tests before exercising," he elaborated.
 
Responding to a question about whether sweating, dyspnea, chest pains or numbness in the left hand could be signs of a heart disease, Dr. Al-Abdullah said that they could be symptoms of arteriosclerosis; hence the patient is requested to consult his/her physician to make the necessary tests to check on his/her health status.
 
Finally, Dr. Al-Abdullah advised cardiac patients not to use any mixture of herbs prescribed by spice dealers for the risks its ingredient may cause to their health.
 
 
 



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