Summer heat can be dangerous


Last updated 8/7/2008 at Noon

Summer can sometimes be difficult for older adults and people with chronic health problems. During the summer people with health concerns face many unique challenges as well as the normal concerns about heat and sun exposure.

People who take certain medications or have heart and circulatory problems may be at greater risk, or may be adversely affected by heat and humidity.

Some medications, such as diuretics, can lead to dehydration in people who don’t drink enough fluids. This loss of fluid can make it hard for the body to regulate body temperature through perspiration, as it usually d...

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