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Noticing the Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke

Noticing the Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stroke

Understanding Risk Factors and Preventative Methods

Heat stroke is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that can occur when the body overheats, typically as a result of prolonged exposure to high temperatures and/or strenuous physical exertion.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heat stroke occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature, rapidly rising and resulting in mild to serious reactions. We’ve outlined tips for noticing the symptoms of heat stroke, so you can be prepared if you or a loved one begins to exhibit signs.

Symptoms of heat stroke require immediate medical attention. To request care at Henry County Hospital, do not hesitate to give us a call at (419) 592-4015.

Who Is Most at Risk of Sustaining Heat Stroke?

While anyone can sustain a heat stroke in severe temperatures, certain individuals are more susceptible than others. Factors that may increase the risk of heat stroke include:

  • Age: Infants and children up to age 4, as well as adults over age 65, are at particular risk of sustaining heat stroke, as their bodies do not adjust as well to the heat.
  • Certain medications: Some medications can affect your body's ability to stay hydrated and respond to heat.
  • Existing medical conditions: Certain chronic illnesses (such as heart or lung disease) might increase your risk of heat stroke.

Recognizing the Most Common Symptoms of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke symptoms can appear suddenly, without any warning. It's crucial to recognize these signs early and seek immediate medical attention. The most common signs and symptoms include the following:

  • High body temperature (103°F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness

Preventing Heat Stroke

Preventing heat stroke starts with understanding how to keep your body cool and well-hydrated. Here are a few essential tips to help you out:

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Keeping a water bottle around and drinking water throughout the day is the best way to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine: These substances can dehydrate your body.
  • Wear Loose Clothing: Light, loose clothing helps your body stay cool.

How Henry County Hospital Can Help

At Henry County Hospital, we're committed to providing exceptional care for all of our patients. If you or a loved one is exhibiting signs of heat stroke, we can help. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to provide immediate, life-saving treatment.

If you believe you or someone else is experiencing heat stroke, be sure to call 911 or get to a hospital immediately. Remember, heat stroke is a medical emergency. Quick response and treatment can mean the difference between mild symptoms with easy care or severe symptoms with intensive care. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe this summer by knowing the signs of heat stroke and seeking prompt care if needed.

For medical assistance, contact Henry County Hospital at (419) 592-4015 today.