Advice to avoid heat exhaustion - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/9/09

Advice to avoid heat exhaustion

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - When you're flirting with a record of 109 degrees outside, you know that there are a lot of people who will be suffering from the heat. For some, the severe summer heat can be fatal. Officials at University Medical Center say some folks are already coming to the emergency room complaining about feeling dizzy. The first thing they ask is if they have been drinking enough water?

"The thing you want to avoid is heat stroke. It can start from heat cramps and progress to heat exhaustion where a patient can lose a lot of volume and that can lead to heat stroke." Dr. Gonzales says the elderly are particularly vulnerable to heat stroke. The best thing they can do is to stay indoors, use cool compresses, and drink plenty of water.

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