Heat Stroke – Causes, Symptoms and Precautions

Heat Stroke Heat stroke, sometimes also referred to as Sunstroke is a condition caused by overheating of your body accompanied by dehydration that happens usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. It is a life-threatening condition where the body temperature rises above 104 F or higher. Heat stroke can be fatal and can damage your brain, kidney, heart and muscles. If left unattended it can pose serious complications or death. Symptoms of Heat Stroke A body temperature of more than 104 °F is Hallmark symptom of Heat Stroke. However, some individuals can develop symptoms of heat stroke suddenly and rapidly without warning. Common symptoms include:   Dizziness Nausea and vomiting Hot and dry skin Lack of sweat despite the heat Strong or weak rapid heart beat Shallow breathing Altered mental behavior: Confusion, Disorientation, Irritability, Delirium and Slurring of Speech Seizures and unconsciousness People at Risk Heat Stroke is most likely affects elderly (Age above 50years) and children (Below 4years). The reason behind this is that they adjust to heat slower than young individuals. Apart from them, heat stroke can also affect young athletes, outdoor workers.  However, it can also affect individuals who don’t drink enough water, having a chronic disease or drink an excessive amount of alcohol. Leaving infants, children or animals in cars poses a risk for heat stroke. Even in moderate weather, the temperature inside a closed car can reach dangerous levels. Causes of Heat Stroke Our body normally generates heat as a result of various metabolisms, which is usually dissipated in the form of sweat. In some conditions of extreme...