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Summer Heat Can be Dangerous, Even Deadly

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Summer Heat Can be Dangerous, Even Deadly

By Marlo Sollitto, contributing editor

Heat is a potentially deadly problem—nearly 400 Americans die from heat waves each year. Most of them are elderly people who often don’t realize when they are overheating and in danger. However, the elderly and ill aren’t the only people that heat kills. It also kills healthy young people, usually because they do not recognize the dangers of exercising in hot weather, especially hot, humid weather.

When heat and humidity combine to slow evaporation of sweat from the body, outdoor exercise becomes dangerous even for those in good shape. Overheating can cause serious, even life-threatening conditions such as heat stroke.

Next: some tips for keeping cool this summer and avoiding heat stroke…

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7:37AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Thank you AgingCare, for Sharing this!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

A timely topic and remember never to leave children, the elderly and pets in the car during such heat as even with windows open the temperature in the car can climb drastically over a few minutes causing heat stroke and death!

7:44PM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Thanks for the reminder

4:06PM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Thanks for posting!

10:54PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Get out of the sun, drink lots of water and take off your clothes. Also lay around and watch TV.

6:11PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

It can even get over 100 degrees here in Portland, Oregon during the summer. On one day back in the 1970's, Portland was the hot spot in the nation at 107 degrees.

4:03PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

ty for reminders...

3:55PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

I had heat exhaustion when I was 15. It was horrible. I thought I was going to die.Don't want to know what heat stroke feels like.

3:55PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Thanks for the information...

1:33PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Thanks gret article

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