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Risk of Heat Cramps, Exhaustion, and Heat Stroke

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    Posted: Jul/19/2011 at 6:06pm
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Risk of Heat Cramps, Exhaustion, and Heat Stroke
5:20 PM EST 2/5/2009

Extreme heat is more than an issue of discomfort. It forces the body into overdrive as it tries to stay cool through perspiration and evaporation.

Because heat-related deaths are preventable, people need to be aware of who is at greatest risk and what actions can be taken to prevent a heat-related illness or death.

The elderly, the very young, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk. However, even young and healthy individuals can succumb to heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

People in urban areas are at high risk, too, because the stagnant atmospheric conditions trap pollutants in the air, which, when breathed can trigger respiratory problems for many people.

Other conditions related to risk include age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use.

The effects of extreme heat can undermine physical well-being so slowly and subtly that the dangers aren't apparent until it's too late. htindex

In regions of low humidity, the most common human response to extreme heat is dehydration. Exposed to direct sunlight and temperatures in excess of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, a human can lose as much as half a gallon of water every 10 minutes, and this dehydration can seriously interfere with one's internal thermostat.

Heat-Related Illnesses

No matter where you live, it is important to recognize the real dangers of extreme heat and take action to offset its impact at its earliest stages.

The gradual nature of extreme heat's effects on the body makes it important to be aware of heat-related illnesses:

Severe Sunburn - So much more than a dermatologic issue, sunburn reduces the skin's ability to release excess heat, making the body more susceptible to heat-related illness.

Heat Cramps - Muscle pains and spasms caused by heavy exertion, which triggers heavy perspiration. These usually involve the muscles of the abdomen or legs.

Heat Exhaustion - A mild form of shock marked by heavy sweating, weakness, cold, clammy skin, a weak pulse, fainting and vomiting. This usually occurs when people have been exercising heavily or working in a warm humid place. Blood flow to the skin increases -- in an attempt to cool the body -- causing blood flow to vital organs to decrease.

If not treated, a victim's condition can worsen; the body temperature can keep rising, possibly leading to heat stroke.

Heat Stroke - A truly life-threatening condition in which the body's internal thermostat has ceased to work. The ability to sweat stops, and the body's temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may occur in 10-15 minutes unless medical help is immediate.

How Will You Be Warned?
If you are in the peak summer months, and the temperature and/or humidity has been unusually high for several days, anticipate an extreme heat emergency situation.

Keep an eye on The Weather Channel and weather.com to track the heat index and to get information about excessive heat potential.

Although threshold criteria may vary depending on the location, two kinds of alerts are generally issued.

Heat Advisory - Issued when the heat, or combination of heat and humidity, is expected to become an inconvenience for much of the population, and a problem for some.

Excessive Heat Warning - Issued when the heat, or combination of heat and humidity, is expected to be dangerous for a large portion of the population.



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Great info Tammie! Smile

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Stevie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/10/2011 at 12:06pm
Tammie---

This is excellentClap  I can't believe I missed it.  Going to make this a "sticky" so that it stays up at the top of this forumStar

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tkay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/10/2011 at 2:35pm
Okay, I think I am a victim of the heat. My potassium levels are low. The reason for the cramps in my legs
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Frozen banana slushies are real nice in the heat.... Big smile
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Great Idea Wolfalohalani!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rocken Roni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/01/2011 at 4:06pm
I sure could go for one right about now and 
there is isn't any thing wrong with my
electrolytes that I know of LOL.

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1st injured Feb, 1997. Was told it was "Soft Tissue" and sent back to work - no X-rays
Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
March 2006, had 3rd Surgery, this time fusion and instrumentation from Si to L3.
June 2008 Surgeon finally admitted I had Failed Back Surgery.
August 2009 WCB Finally put me on Long Term Disability
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Frosen Bananna's or Gatorade?


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Ewwwww..... I am not so sure about gatorade Ermm
Frozen Bananas in a smoothie sounds a lot betterStern Smile Wink

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1st injured Feb, 1997. Was told it was "Soft Tissue" and sent back to work - no X-rays
Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
March 2006, had 3rd Surgery, this time fusion and instrumentation from Si to L3.
June 2008 Surgeon finally admitted I had Failed Back Surgery.
August 2009 WCB Finally put me on Long Term Disability
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They do sound nice for a smoothie.

I only drink Gatorade when I know I have to. I do not drink it as a choice.
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