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Summer 2009

Botsford HealthSource Magazine


How to Beat the Heat

As you age, your body can’t handle heat as well as it once did. This can put you at risk for heat-related illnesses. “Certain health conditions and medications also can raise the threat,” says Sonnora Johnson-Reed, D.O., an internal medicine specialist at Botsford Hospital. “Heart disease, poor circulation and diuretics (water pills) are just a few contributing factors.”

Fortunately, you can enjoy a safe summer by taking a few precautions:

Heat-related illness may include headache, nausea, muscle spasms and fatigue. Dr. Johnson-Reed recommends, “If you’re suffering from one of these symptoms, contact your physician immediately. Call for emergency help if you have confusion; fainting; dry, flushed skin; or other signs of heatstroke.”


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