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Q: does heat affect high blood pressure?

DOES HEAT AFFECT YOUR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

 

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
7/28/09 10:43pm

Hi Babydoll,

 

By "heat" are you referring to weather temperatures?  If so, a French study found a link between the weather and blood pressure, especially for individuals over the age of 80. As temperatures dropped 25 degrees, such as change from summer to winter, systolic blood pressure (top number) increased 5.0 mmHg.

 

If you find your blood pressure increasing during summer months it could be linked to dehydration.  Be sure to drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself well hydrated.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

Be Heart Healthy and Lose Weight

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