Preventing Heat Exhaustion and Stroke

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Boy drinking bottled waterAwareness and Prevention Methods for Heat Exhaustion and Stroke

With summer weather arriving, there are a few things to remember about the dangers of heat related syndromes, including heat stroke which can lead to coma, irreversible brain damage, and death. Patients with brain injury can be particularly vulnerable to the dangers of heat exposure, and should be advised about methods to prevent serious illness and, potentially, further brain damage.

The body cools itself mostly through evaporation of sweat. This method is made difficult under the following conditions: dehydration, high humidity, drinking alcohol while exposed to hot weather, and working or exercising in hot weather without being acclimated to the temperature. This article discusses heat exhaustion and heat stroke, two syndromes that can be identified, treated, and prevented by knowing how to respond.

Heat Exhaustion Causes

Signs and Symptoms

Those at higher risk

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Heat Stroke or Sun Stroke
 

Causes

Signs and Symptoms

Those at higher risk

Solution