Hot weather increases the risk of heat exhaustion and stroke

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People who over-exert themselves on a day like this are at risk for real health problems.

Baystate Medical Center Emergency Physician Dr. Gerald Beltran expected an uptick in heat-related injuries including sunburn on Monday and later this week.

Over-exertion can lead to heat exhaustion. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include sweating and having flu-like symptoms.

Heat stroke, however, puts your life at risk. “Heat stroke really is the one we worry about,” Dr. Beltran explained. “And the typical presentation of that is someone that’s basically hot and red, but not sweating.”

Dr. Beltran recommends avoid over-exertion in extreme heat and to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Your medications could make you less capable of coping with heat stress.

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