Beware of Heat Stroke & Heat Exhaustion

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

With temperatures soaring well over 90 degrees in Southern Colorado, doctors say it's easy to get hit with heat stroke.

According to a national report, nearly 200 people die every year from a heat related illness.

Emergency rooms around Southern Colorado are already getting a steady flow of patients with heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Experts say it is crucial to seek medical attention anytime your body is overheated.

Health experts say your body heat could spill into a deadly temperature bracket in no time at all.

Marian Heesaker, a registered nurse at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo says, "Sometimes we see body temperatures go up above 105 degrees."

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are both serious conditions according to Heesaker.

Heesaker says, "Those are life threatening emergencies."

During a heat stroke, medical workers say a person's body has lost all ability to regulate its own internal thermostat. Which is why it is important for someone suffering to seek help.

Pueblo resident Woody Hillberg says, "We're so interested and anxious to get out in the sun that we forget to protect ourselves."

Feeling short of breath, weak and tired are all symptoms, but other people may not sweat, which is another sign to look for.

Also, keep in mind, "By the time they have heat exhaustion or heat stroke, they're pretty much not thinking clearly", says Heesaker.

So, she says, drink lots and lots of water.

Doctors also remind, never leave your child or pet in the car for any amount of time in the heat.

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