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Heat Wave Reminds Us to Stay Cool

 Staying out of the heat is not an option for carlos vargas when he is teaching tennis at 1:30 in the afternoon. No wonder sweat was pouring down his face. "How do you protect yourself from getting overheated? Drinking a lot of water every 10 -15 minutes we stop and take a break," says Carlos.

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, heat illness can affect anyone, even the fittest athletes. Look out for these symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Fatigue and Weakness
  •  Cold or Clammy Skin
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting

Dr Lorraine Duncan, who works in the ER at Mount Sinai Medical Center says any of these symptoms can quickly develop into heat stroke. She adds, "By the time you get to heat stroke you've really stopped sweating your body is not taking care of itself you're not compensating for that heat building in your body and you tend to get a little confused."

Heat stroke can be deadly and requires immediate medical care. It's important to know medications for high blood pressure can make you more susceptible to heat illness. People with Diabetes, lung and heart conditions also need to be more careful. And keep a close eye on small children playing outdoors. "Kids really like to play and they don't want to tell you if they're having a problem and they don't want to stop and drink water for goodness sakes so its important you push fluids for them. Things they are willing to drink," says Dr. Duncan

At any age drinking fluids when outdoors is a must, find a shady spot to take a break from the heat, or try this, immersing yourself in water is a great way to cool down.  Not all fluids are ideal.
 Alcohol causes increased dehydration and makes you 15 times more vulnerable to heat stroke.

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