What is heatstroke? Causes and symptoms
Extended periods of day and nighttime temperatures create physiological stress on the human body.
Exposure to heat is increasing due to climate change, and this trend is set to continue with extreme temperature events increasing in frequency and duration.
Extended periods of day and nighttime temperatures create physiological stress on the human body which exacerbates the top causes of death, including respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
According to Mayo Clinic, the definition of heatstroke is, “a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke, can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher”.
Does heatstroke require treatment?
Heatstroke requires emergency treatment and untreated heatstroke can damage the brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing the risk of serious complications or death.
When to seek medical help
If a person is experiencing heatstroke, seek immediate medical help. Call 911 or your local emergency services number.
Take immediate action to cool the overheated person while waiting for emergency treatment.