Heat Stroke

With temperatures rising, it is important to discuss Heat Stroke.

Heat stroke is when your body’s normal mechanisms when dealing with heat become inadequate.

heat stroke

This can be life-threatening especially to: 

1.) Young Children

2.) Older Adults

3.) Obese persons

4.) Those that were born with an inability to sweat

Risk Factors

1.) Dehydration (drink more water!)

2.) Alcohol use

3.) Cardiovascular Disease

4.) Some medications

Signs & Symptoms

  1. Rapid heartbeat
  2. Mental Status change (personality changes, confusion, coma)
  3. Rapid and shallow breathing
  4. Elevated or lowered blood pressure
  5. Cessation of sweating
  6. Irritability, confusion or unconsciousness
  7. Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  8. Headache
  9. Nausea
  10. Fainting, which may be the first sign in older adults

What to do:

  1. Move the person out of the sun and into a shady or air-conditioned space.
  2. Call 911 or emergency medical help.
  3. Cool the person by covering with damp sheets or by spraying with cool water. Direct air onto the person with a fan or newspaper.
  4. Have the person drink cool water or other nonalcoholic beverage without caffeine, if he or she is able

Source: MayoClinic 

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