The hot, humid weather that summer brings can be unpleasant for most people. However, if you have atrial fibrillation (AFib), it can be more than just unpleasant; it could be extremely dangerous to your health.

Being outside in the heat can put added stress on your heart as your body tries to cool itself. Plus, the extra sweating can deplete sodium, potassium, and many other minerals crucial for normal heart rhythms.

This increases your chances of an arrhythmia episode.

In order to protect your heart, and prevent heart failure or stroke caused by AFib, here are a few tips to follow during hot weather:

  • Always check the weather and heat index before heading outdoors
  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids to stay hydrated
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol. They contribute to dehydration and added stress on your heart
  • Wear light and loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid exercising or other strenuous activities outdoors