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Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

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Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Heat Stroke is a highly dangerous condition that requires emergency medical treatment; left untreated, it can cause brain, kidney, heart damage, and even death. Heat Exhaustion is also dangerous and requires immediate first aid and possibly medical treatment. Learn the symptoms of each, steps to take, and how to avoid both of these dangerous conditions. Many people are accustomed to living and working in an air conditioned environment and/or a mild climate, such as the Pacific Northwest. When summer comes, everyone is elated and runs out into the sun, which is fine, except that many people are completely unaccustomed to...

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Dehydration: Water, Electrolytes and Healthy Rehydration

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Dehydration: Water, Electrolytes and Healthy Rehydration

How many times have you heard that so-and-so was “hospitalized for dehydration,” and then after expressing concern, you hear the nonchalant response of, “Oh, s/he's fine, s/he was just dehydrated!” And then you end up thinking, “Well, why didn't so-and-so just drink some water?” or “How does that happen?” or “Could that ever happen to me at some point?” The reality is that dehydration can cause serious complications, and can lead to coma, and even death.1 Be aware, that in elderly people, dehydration occurs often because the perception of “being thirsty” is decreased as one ages;2 it can also happen...

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