Heatstroke: Surviving the Summer Heat
The hot days of summer are now here! Summer is the hottest of the four seasons and depending on where you are in the world, the start of summer varies. In southern and southeast Asia, summer is officially declared during the months of March, April, May and June. This is also the time when we think of going on summer holidays to enjoy the warm sand and beach. If you have plans for a beach outing, picnics or other outdoor activities with family and friends, please be aware of these summer tips to keep your family happy and healthy.
Please be aware that according to the American Heart Association, “HEAT CAN BE HARD ON YOUR HEART.” Dr. Gerald Fletcher, a professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic says that “if you are a heart patient, older than 50 or overweight, you might need to take special precautions in the heat.”
The JLT Health and Wellness Team would like to share with you some tips on how to survive the heat of summer and what to do in case you encounter a case of HEATSTROKE.
Heatstroke is a condition wherein the body’s temperature control stops working after exposure to extreme heat. Your body starts to overheat (104°F [40°C] or higher) especially during moderate to heavy physical activities in high temperatures.
Heatstroke is an EMERGENCY condition and if untreated, can quickly damage vital organs, specifically your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. DO NOT DELAY TREATMENT to avoid serious complications or death.
+ Wear thinner, loose and light coloured clothing
+ Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration
+ Stay under the shade when outdoors
+ Avoid exercising or heavy work during the hottest parts of the day.
+ Protect yourself from the sun. Use an umbrella or cap.
+ Have fresh juices and DO NOT DRINK sugary or alcoholic beverages to rehydrate.
+ NEVER LEAVE ANYONE IN A PARKED CAR.
+ If you have sports events in hot weather, always make sure that emergency medical services are available.
+ High body temperature >104°F (40°C)
+ Change in mental state or behaviour (slurring of speech, restlessness, confusion, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma)
+ Absence of sweating
+ Nausea and vomiting
+ Flushing of the skin
+ Rapid and shallow breathing
+ Increase in heart rate
+ Throbbing headache
The Mayo Clinic – http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-stroke