(Atlantic) The big first heat wave of the summer is expected beginning today, with temperatures forecast to reach 103-degrees. Cass County Home Care reminds the public that elderly relatives, friends and neighbors are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses during these extreme conditions.
“Older adults are especially at risk of heat stress because with age the body does not adjust as well to extreme changes in temperature,” stated Rhonda Duvall. “Chronic medical conditions and prescription medicines common to elderly patients also affect the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat stroke, the most serious heat-related illness, occurs when the body’s temperature rises rapidly, loses its ability to sweat and is unable to cool down. Body temperatures can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. If left untreated, heat stroke may lead to permanent disability or even death. While less serious than heat stroke, heat exhaustion can also occur after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate hydration.
June 27, 2012
11:00 am newscast