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Heat Stroke

Heat Stroke
  1. Avoid prolonged exposure to outdoor extreme temperatures.
  2. Be sure to rehydrate frequently with water or a sports drink. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they dry the body quickly.
  3. If exercising, take frequent breaks to cool down and avoid sun exposure from about 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  4. Heat exhaustion is the first level when you become symptomatic but your body can still cool itself. Heat stroke is full decompensation and the body can no longer cool itself and serious injury can occur.
  5. Check on elderly family members and neighbors frequently. The heat can easily cause critical illness or death for the elderly, immune-compromised or very young people.
  6. Don’t forget to check on your pets. Outdoor animals will need shade and extra water. Concrete/asphalt will retain more heat for longer periods. Be sure to check their paws for burns if you walk your dogs on the street or at the park.

This information provided by the experts of the Emergency Department at Midland Memorial Hospital.

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