31 Mar

Dehydration and Chest Pain: Help Your Team Live Heart Healthy

Every part of the human body is made of water and needs water to survive. That fact isn't new to most of us. If you've ever been dehydrated, you know how it feels when you're running on empty.

The recommended amount of water that you should be drinking daily is 3.7 liters (about 16 cups) for men and 2.7 liters (about 11 cups) of water for women. This includes beverages, fruits, and vegetables consumed throughout the day. 

Can Dehydration Cause Chest Pain?

Have you ever been at the office and had a headache, started cramping or felt dizzy, or had chest pains? Dehydration is a common cause of these symptoms. That's right, being dehydrated could be the reason you have chest pain. 

Dr. Joshua Thurman, a board-certified nephrologist, explains, "Water is critical for your heart health because your heart is constantly working, pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood a day. Because the heart compensates for dehydration by pumping faster, dehydration can force the heart to work harder. Sometimes you can feel the heart beating faster ("palpitations"). For people with heart disease, harder work for the heart can cause chest pain."

For those of us who consider ourselves "normal," keeping "heart-healthy" is pretty simple, adds Dr. Thurman: 

"By staying hydrated – that is, by drinking more water than you are losing – you are helping your heart do its job."

It's so easy to lose track of time and how much water you need, especially when you're in and out of meetings or your eyes are on your computer all day. 

Help your team stay properly hydrated every day. HidrateSpark smart water bottles can track your team's hydration and send them reminders for when it's time to take a sip. Improve your team's health and help them live more heart-healthy.