Defining Heatstroke, pt 2
What is heatstroke?
Heatstroke is the most severe heat-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is a medical emergency. Fast treatment is required.
Heatstroke, sometimes referred to as sunstroke, occurs when the body can no longer manage its temperature. It’s defined as a rapidly increasing body temperature of more than 103 degrees Fahrenheit. This is accompanied by neurological warning signs such as confusion, seizures, or loss of consciousness.
Symptoms of heatstroke in the elderly:
— Body temperature of 103 degrees or more
— Change in behavior (e.g., confusion, combativeness, staggering, possible delirium)
— Red, hot, or dry skin with no sweat
— Rapid pulse
— Dizziness or confusion
— Loss of consciousness
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