hydrated heart health

Being the mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins® is a busy job. Whether he is dancing on the ice, working in the office, or saying hello to fans, Iceburgh knows he needs to keep his heart in tip-top shape. Staying hydrated is a key part of having a healthy heart.

Let’s learn more about how Iceburgh stays hydrated:

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Hydration Basics: 3 Facts to Know

Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day—and when you’re properly hydrated, it has an easier time circulating all that blood. Keeping up on your fluid intake is important to ensure your heart can function properly.

Water does more than just help your heart pump blood. It also keeps your body at a normal temperature, helps get rid of waste, lubricates and cushions joints, and protects your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues.

So, how much fluid should you be consuming? Ideally, men should aim for about 125 ounces. a day, while women should try to get 91 ounces. At a minimum, shoot for eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.

In addition, try to drink 4 to 8 ounces of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes while you are exercising or engaging in physical activity in order to prevent dehydration.

Dangers of Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when your body doesn’t get enough fluids, so it is critical to ensure you’re consuming enough.

A dehydrated heart retains sodium, which can lead to a decrease in blood pumped. This results in heart palpitations. If you have heart failure, be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations for restricting fluids.

Symptoms of Dehydration Include

  • Decrease in energy
  • Muscle fatigue and cramps
  • Poor athletic performance
  • Headache
  • Decline in coordination

To combat, dehydration, carry a water bottle, or tumbler, like Iceburgh’s, with you throughout the day.

About Heart and Vascular Institute

The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute has long been a leader in cardiovascular care, with a rich history in clinical research and innovation. As one of the first heart transplant centers in the country and as the developer of one of the first heart-assist devices, UPMC has contributed to advancing the field of cardiovascular medicine. We strive to provide the most advanced, cutting-edge care for our patients, treating both common and complex conditions. We also offer services that seek to improve the health of our communities, including heart screenings, free clinics, and heart health education. Find an expert near you.