1. Keep it cool. It might seem obvious, but it can literally be a
lifesaver for someone with a heart disease. If you don't have air conditioning
in your home, try to create a cross breeze b...y placing
fans on opposite sides of the room so cold air can circulate within the
2. During the hottest times of the day -between 10am and 3pm- keep
the blinds drawn and try to find and air conditioned building if your residence
doesn't have it. Community centres, libraries and shopping malls are all safe
bets to have working air conditioning
3. Hydrate, hydrate, then hydrate
4. But hydrate properly. Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics
and can cause dehydration.
5. Avoid tight dark clothing.
Don't go lawn bowling during the day. Physical activity on hot humid days can be
dangerous for those with heart or lung condition.
7. Keep an umbrella
handy. Humidity is known to bring thunder storms but an umbrella can also
provide shade from the sun
8. Constant vigilance is necessary. Due to
aging, chronic conditions and certain medications many heat related symptoms may
not be as pronounced. In the case is dizziness, rapid heart beat, diarrhea,
nausea, headache, chest pain, mental changes it breathing problems an elderly
person should seek immediate medical attention.