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Summer Safety and Your Heart

Dr. Joseph Freedman MD, MBA

Living in Florida, we are typically accustomed to warmer days than most of the country, but during the spring and summer months, our typical 80-degree weather can skyrocket to high 90’s and even triple digits, which can leave us feeling, overheated very quickly.

It’s important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, as well as avoiding the extreme heat during the mid-afternoon. If you exercise, it’s often best to do an indoor workout activity or swim in the pool during excessive temperatures and humidity, which can be a real danger to all ages, but especially the elderly.

Syncope is a fancy medical term for fainting. Syncope can occur due to many different complications but is commonly seen due to heat exhaustion. What happens is, the body’s oxygen and blood are not able to adequately reach the brain, usually due to a drastic change in blood pressure, which creates a pooling of blood into the lower extremities, and this will cause collapsing and fainting. If the person is not put in a reclined position with the feet elevated, they could potentially suffer additional complications including a seizure. Syncope can quickly escalate into a dangerous outcome for many individuals. If you have any heart irregularities, you may be more susceptible to these types of fainting spells.

Taking precautions during these upcoming hotter months is critical. If you feel any of the following symptoms, you should sit down, elevate your legs above your heart, take deep breaths and get to a cool place, drink water, or call 911 if your symptoms do not dissipate.

Syncope Symptoms
• Nausea
• Excessive sweating
• Weakness
• Swollen calves, feet or ankles
• Falling over
• Fainting

Some types of syncope are medically life-threatening. People with a family history of heart disease, palpitations, and cardiac irregularities should make an appointment with their cardiologist for an updated EKG, Stress test, Holter monitor testing, or electrocardiogram to better control their risk factors for suffering from fainting spells.

At Cardiac Care Group, they take your symptoms seriously and are prepared to see you and to discuss your conditions. They specialize in providing a wide range of services that focus on the prevention, prompt diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Joseph Freedman, M.D.
Dr. Freedman brings many years of experience as a cutting-edge cardiologist specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all cardiac disease. He trained at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, continually ranked #1 in Cardiovascular Care, where he focused on cardiac imaging. He achieved five board certifications in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Comprehensive Adult ECHO, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT. During his tenure as the lead noninvasive cardiologist at Florida Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale, he helped lead the hospital to achieve Level 5 chest pain certification, the highest designation of cardiac excellence.

He has spoken on national health care radio programs and has appeared on local news, highlighting the latest in cardiovascular care. Dr. Freedman prides himself on being an advocate for the patient. Every patient is unique, and he works carefully with leading local and national experts to make sure patients receive the best specialty procedural care possible for that particular case. Dr. Freedman has done research in cardiac MRI studies of the heart, in nuclear scanning, and has participated in the research trials of several leading cholesterol-lowering drugs. Dr. Freedman also has extensive experience in pulmonary hypertension and ran a large clinic in Broward County for these specific and often undiagnosed patients. Dr. Freedman speaks Spanish as well.

(239) 574-8463 | www.flccg.com

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