What is Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke is a condition that happens when your body starts to overheat due to overexposure to intense heat or physical exertion in higher temperatures. This is because the human body can only handle so much heat, and in very high temperatures, the body can no longer keep itself cool.
Heat stroke is different from heat exhaustion in that heat stroke is a much more serious condition. However, heat exhaustion can sometimes progress into heat stroke if not handled immediately.
Heat stroke is life-threatening because high temperatures can damage vital organs, especially your brain. This is why the body tries to keep itself at a constant temperature. Too much heat or too much cold can affect how the body functions, and are equally dangerous.
Another thing to remember about heat stroke is that it can happen to anyone, even a healthy person.
However, the elderly and very young children are especially at risk of suffering from heat stroke because their bodies do not adjust well to sudden changes in temperature.
In the Philippines, the risk of heat stroke is especially high since it is a tropical country. This is why during summertime, it is advisable to try and stay cool as much as possible to avoid heat stroke from occurring.
Who are at Risk of Heat Stroke?
Here are some situations that can put a person at risk of heat stroke:
- Playing outside for a long time while the sun is at its peak
- Doing strenuous work in a warm place
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Living in a home without ventilation
- Living in a place with a very warm climate
- Working in a very hot place without any ventilation
- The elderly and very young children are also at risk
What are the Symptoms of Heat Stroke?
Aside from knowing the right heat stroke first aid and heat stroke recovery steps, it is also important to know the symptoms of heat stroke.