Know how to recognize heat exhaustion, heat stroke

July 25, 2017
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Temperatures outside are sweltering as several areas of the country face heat advisories and heat indexes of over 100 degrees.

All this heat can be harmful for your heart, and knowing the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be lifesaving in these extremely hot temperatures.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion, according to the American Heart Association: 

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  • Headaches
  • Cool, moist skin
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dark urine

Symptoms of heat stroke:

  • Fever (Temperature above 104 degrees)
  • Irrational behavior
  • Extreme confusion
  • Dry, hot, red skin
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition and the American Heart Association recommends seeking medical attention right away if you are experiencing heat stroke.

You can protect yourself from the heat by staying hydrated, especially before and after physical activity outdoors. Avoid being outdoors between noon – 3 p.m., when possible, as those are generally the hottest parts of the day. If you want to workout outside, the American Heart Association recommends doing so with a partner — if you have a rider or drive team, arrange to workout at the same time as your partner so they can keep an eye on you and provide support if necessary. Dressing for the heat can also help keep you cooler. Lightweight, light colored clothing made of breathable fabrics like cotton work well.

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