The Effects of Heat

Posted by Leah on 7/6/2018
The Effects of Heat

Are you living in an environment that is extremely hot? Or possibly you’re visiting a place experiencing elevated temperatures? If you’ve never encountered a sweltering climate, or you have but would like more information on how to take care of yourself in the heat, then this article should provide you with statistics, facts, and tips to keep cool this summer.

Heat stroke, also known as sunstroke is the most serious form of heat injury. It can result in damage to your internal organs, brain, and can even lead to death. Heat stroke typically occurs to those who’ve already experienced it but can also target people with no previous history of heat illnesses. Most assume that heat stroke only impacts people over the age of 50. Unfortunately, the younger generation can be impacted just as much as the senior community. Heat stroke arises from excessive exposure to hot temperatures, and dehydration, which impacts the body’s temperature control system. If left untreated severe internal damage on the body will occur. Symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • throbbing headache
  • dizziness and light-headedness
  • muscle weakness or cramps
  • rapid, shallow breathing, and more

According to The CDC From 1999 to 2010, 8,081 heat-related deaths were reported in the United States. Heat-related deaths occurred most frequently in urban areas (81%), and the three states with the highest burden, Arizona, Texas and California accounted for 43% of all heat-related deaths.This is why drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun is vital in the hot summer months of the desert regions. Other ways to stay cool this summer and prevent heat stroke are :

  • Wearing loose-fit, light colored clothing
  • Always have sunblock accessible
  • Eat hydrating foods
  • Keep clear of direct sunlight
  • Avoid sugary, caffeinated drinks. As well as alcohol

Be sure to know the signs and watch those who are at more risk for heat related illness. I hope this article was useful in these hot summer days. Thanks for stopping by and feel free to check out our website as well if you are interested in any CPR equipment.

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