High temperatures during the summer can lead to heat stroke – a medical emergency. It can occur as a progression from fainting or heat exhaustion, or it can happen suddenly, even if you have no other signs of heat injury. Symptoms of heat stroke include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Confusion and disorientation
- Lack of sweating despite the heat
- Rapid heartbeat and breathing
- Muscle weakness and cramping
If you are with a person you suspect is suffering from heat stroke, call 9-1-1 or head to an emergency room immediately. “Heat stroke is a very serious condition, and it can lead to death if we do not treat it right away,” says Justin W. Morgan, MD, emergency medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It is vital that you bring the patient to an emergency room.”
For more information, call 573-331-3000.