Heatstroke


(n.) A condition marked by fever and often by unconsciousness, caused by failure of the body’s temperature-regulating mechanism when exposed to excessively high temperatures.  (Source: Oxford Dictionaries)

(n.) Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher.  (Source: Mayo Clinic)


No matter how you define it, heatstroke is the most dire condition on the spectrum of heat-related illnesses. Left untreated, inadequately or inappropriately treated, or treated in an untimely manner, heatstroke can result in permanent impairment or death. In the United States alone, on average more than four hundred people die each year as a result of heatstroke. (Source: University of Chicago)

What happens when you get heatstroke?  Watch this short video by Dr. Douglas Casa, Ph.D., CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute.


The goal of Heatstroke Help is to serve as the nexus for sources of expert opinion and simple tools relating to the prevention and treatment of heat-related illnesses. Please take some time to explore the areas listed below. Together, we can make a difference.


Area 1:  Human Thermoregulation

Area 2:  Risk Factors

Area 3:  Prevention

 Area 4:  Signs, Symptoms, and Evaluation

Area 5:  Treatment


 

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