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Summer 2009


Botsford HealthSource Magazine

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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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