The heat wave hits France for the third time this summer and the thermometer should once again approach 40°C in the south of France. As we know, such temperatures are not without health risks. And taking certain medications could make the situation worse. This is the alert issued by American and German researchers in a study published on August 1, 2022 in the journal Nature cardiovascular research.
According to them, beta-blockers and antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin, used by people with heart disease, could increase the risk of heart attack in hot weather.
Scientists already knew that heat waves, like periods of extreme cold or peak air pollution, seem to increase the risk of heart attack. They then wanted to identify the people most at risk.
For this study, the researchers therefore went through a German health register, focusing on the months of high heat, i.e. the months of May to September between 2001 and 2014. For 2,494 people, they noted the days of exposure to the heat, the day of the heart attack, and the treatments followed.
Result: according to these data, people who use beta-blockers or antiplatelet agents, even if they are young, are more at risk of declaring a heart attack during the hottest days. Why ? Because these drugs can complicate (…)
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