US News heat wave: Two drugs for the heart increase the risk of heart attack

08:50  03 august  2022
08:50  03 august  2022 Source:   medisite.fr

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A study of the Yale School of Public Health reveals that During hot weather, patients taking beta-blockers and antiplatelet drugs like aspirin presented an increased risk of heart attack. Zoom on this new discovery.

researchers have looked into the link between hot weather and risk of heart attack. They thus realized that The exposure to heat (or cold) made heart attacks more likely : Heart crises linked to heat increase from 2 to 3 ° C more than normal temperatures. To go further, the team of the Yale School of Public Health examined a group of 2,494 cases having undergone non -fatal heart attacks in Augsburg, Germany, during the hot months (from May to September) between 2001 and 2014 . This study is based on this data by examining the consumption of patient drugs before their heart attack .

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Aspirin, beta-blockers: dangerous during the heat wave?

Scientists compared the day of the heart attack to one day a week before. Results ? Patients taking treatment such as beta-blockers or antiplatelet drugs (such as aspirin) were more likely to have heart attacks during the warmest days compared to control days. More specifically, antiplatelet drugs were associated with an increase of 63 % of the risk and beta -blockers with an increase of 65 % . People taking the two drugs had a 75% higher risk of having a heart attack. Researchers also realized that younger patients, less likely to have a heart attack, taking beta-blockers and antiplatelet drugs were more sensitive to heat-related heart attacks than older patients, however having a cardiac disease.

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Medication for the heart: a more difficult body temperature regulation

Kai Chen, deputy professor in the Department of Epidemiology (Environmental Health) of the Yale School of Public Health and the first author of the study said that "patients taking These two drugs (aspirin and beta-blockers) have a higher risk (heart attack). ” After this first research, he added “ we hypothesize that some of the drugs can make it difficult to regulate body temperature .” If Professor Chen wishes to continue his investigations, he still advises patients to take precautions, especially during a heat wave.

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The Ministry of Health and Prevention recalls the essential recommendations to protect its health in the event of a heat wave: Stay in the fridge ,

Drink water

regularly; Avoid alcohol ; Eat in sufficient quantity ; Close the shutters and windows during the day and ventilate the night; get wet the body to refresh themselves; give and take new of his loved ones (especially fragile people); Favor activities without effort .

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