Heat and hypertension: practical health tips

Summer heat can be a problem for those suffering from hypertension. The high temperature can indeed affect blood pressure, aggravating symptoms in sufferers.

However, there are some preventive and corrective measures that can help you to better manage this situation to avoid unpleasant consequences. In this overview, we will provide you with practical tips to protect your health during the warmer months, allowing you to enjoy the summer without excessive worries about your well-being.

Prevention is the key, let's find out together how to put it into practice.

Hat and light clothing
Cover your head and wear light clothing to protect you from direct sunlight and facilitate thermoregulation.
Avoid excessive salt consumption, as it can contribute to increased blood pressure. Choose foods that are low in salt and prefer spices and flavourings to flavour dishes.
Sports activities, be careful
Avoid sports or physical exertion during the hottest hours of the day, especially between 12 noon and 6 p.m.
Power supply
Increase your consumption of fresh foods such as fruit and vegetables rich in water and potassium, such as apricots, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, melon and bananas. You can also take them in the form of smoothies or centrifuges. Opt for light meals and store food properly. Prefer fish to meat and fresh cheese to mature cheeses.
Drink a lot
Drink at least one liter of water daily to rehydrate and counteract the loss of fluids and minerals caused by sweating. Avoid cold, alcoholic, sugary and carbonated drinks.
Blood pressure and symptoms
Measure your blood pressure frequently using reliable devices for accurate control. Pay attention to symptoms such as exhaustion, dizziness, sweating and feeling faint.
Avoid getting out of bed quickly, to avoid the possibility of loss of consciousness (syncope). Get your body used to moving from lying to sitting and, after a few moments, to standing. If you have to get out of bed, especially at night, do it slowly, taking intermediate breaks such as sitting on the edge of the bed for a few minutes before standing up.
Wet often
Wet hands, wrists, ankles, feet, face and neck often with fresh water to promote rehydration and well-being.
Sleep with your legs elevated on a pillow to promote blood circulation, as the heat can slow it down and cause fluid stagnation in the lower limbs, leading to a decrease in pressure.
Cool environment
Use fans or air conditioners, if possible, to keep the environment cool and promote better body thermoregulation.
Limit your intake of caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and tea, as they can have a diuretic effect and increase fluid loss.
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