Heat waves can kill. Know how to keep babies, adults and older people safe when temperatures spike
Your body adjusts to hot weather slowly. So when heat waves hit, you need to know how to hydrate and stay cool to avoid heat-related illness. This is especially true for babies and older adults. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams gets tips from an emergency medicine doctor about how to stay healthy in extreme heat.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Everyone is at risk of heat-related illness when temperatures and humidity spike. You might start to feel tired, dizzy, sweaty and your heart may race.
"As it gets worse and worse, you end up getting a little confused, not thinking quite straight and you can get very, very sick," said Dr. James Miner , head of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center and a professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. "We've actually seen people die from getting too hot."
Sweating is your body's cooling mechanism. So when temperatures soar, you need more liquid, especially if you're not used to hot weather.
Miner also says that people should know signs and symptoms of heat-related illness for babies, adults and elderly adults.
Watch or listen to this episode of Health Fusion to hear more about how to stay healthy when temperatures soar.
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