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Heat Stroke - Weather Definition


Definition: Heat stroke is a serious heat-related illness that requires immediate medical attention. Death or serious disability can result if symptoms are not brought to the attention of a medical professional. After exposure to extreme heat for extended periods, the body loses its ability to cool down naturally through sweating and evaporative cooling. Think of a thermostat in your house...If it breaks, there is no way to control the temperature of a room.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache
  • Nausea
  • Hot, dry skin without sweat
  • High pulse rate
  • High body temperature
  • Unconsciousness
  • Fatigue
  • Slurred speech or hallucinations

If you suspect heat stroke...

  • Seek medical attention immediately
  • Get to a cool location
  • Remove clothing and apply cool (but not too cold) water to the skin
  • Keep cool air circulating

See Also: Reader Responses - How Do You Keep Cool in the Summer?

Related Terms: Heat exhaustion

Also Known As: Sunstroke or Sun stroke
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