Testing Your Vitals: How Does The Body Handle the Heat? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/26/02

Testing Your Vitals: How Does The Body Handle the Heat?

NewsChannel 11 thought since this is the second day of triple digit temperatures, we wanted to know how the heat affect your body? So, we went around Lubbock and did an experiment. We wanted to see how some of the hottest workers' bodies react to being in the sun all day, even if they are drinking lots of fluids. So we asked University Medical Center to help us out with this story. Here's what we found.

100 degrees Thursday, 99 degrees Friday. This has been the year's hottest week so far, and with the sun beating down on Lubbock, construction workers are mostly affected by the heat. Some of the hottest workers share their secrets to staying healthy. James Smith says it can get 115 degrees on the roof where he works. "You gotta keep plenty of water down ya. Gatorade anything that's going to help you," said James.

Richard Castaneda says he works 12 hours a day, "I try and wear long sleeves on my shirt and a shirt underneath so I can sweat. Then the breeze hits the sweat and keeps your body cool," says Richard.

But is that enough to protect those guys from the heat? With the help of University Medical Center's Health Source Team, we will find that out. Health Educator Gilbert Blanco took the two men's blood pressure, pulse, and temperatures. All vitals for both men checked out fine. "I'm impressed with what you found because it seems they are taking good care of themselves and that is what you want to see when it's hot outside," says Stephanie Wehmeier of the Health Source Team.

Here are some things to do if you plan to work in the heat:

  • Drink plenty of water before you work or play outside.
  • Wear light colored clothing to reflect the sun's rays.
  • Maintain your water retention by drinking sports drinks.

If you feel nauseated, dizzy, sick to your stomach, or are experiencing hot and cold flashes, you may have heat exhaustion. But if someone does pass out remember to call 911.

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