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Heat is particularly dangerous for cardiovascular patients and senior citizens

Because the body suffers from loss of fluids and heat accumulation under hot conditions, high temperatures place a heavy demand on our cardiovascular system. In particular, cardiovascular patients are at risk from such stress. Elderly people are also affected because the sense for thirst decreases with age, so that frequently too little liquid is taken in over a longer period of time. In addition, the body's ability to perspire is diminished in old age and thus, the extent of heat dissipation through this mechanism is reduced.Both may lead to heat accumulation accompanied by an acute rise in body temperature that can culminate with heatstroke or even failure of the vital organs. However, with appropriate cooling, these outcomes can be alleviated.

Temperature-related effects on the health and functional capacity of people with multiple sclerosis

High temperatures can have negative effects on people with multiple sclerosis. A common symptom of this disease that occurs in approximately 80% of those with MS, is the Uhthoff´s phenomenon. This is when neurological symptoms deteriorate due to an increase in body temperature because of fever, physical exertion or simply because of an increase in the environmental temperature, e.g. In the summer, in hot countries or in warm rooms.

In addition to an often dramatic deterioration in physical symptoms, patients can also become exhausted more quickly ("fatigue syndrome"). Both these effects have a huge impact on a patient's everyday and working life, and a considerable influence on their quality-of-life.

However, these effects are reversible, which means that the negative symptoms disappear when the body is cooled. (Source: DMSG)

For more information: Pervormer Nr. 10