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Heat is taxing on the heart

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Everyone is looking for ways to cool off in this heat but for people with heart problems it is especially important.

Cardiologists with the Cleveland Clinic say your heart works harder when you need to cool down.

When your body sweats to get rid of excess heat and cool the skin, your heart is pumping vigorously to move blood throughout the body. This could lead to a spike in heart rate and the feeling that your heart is racing.

For people with heart issues like high blood pressure or abnormal rhythm -- this could lead to complications.

Experts say the best way to reduce your risk for heart problems is to stay in an air conditioned space and drink plenty of water.

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