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What are heat cramps?

Brett Snodgrass
Oncology Nursing
Heat Cramps is an early sign of heat exhaustion that can lead to heat stroke. It may include muscle twitching or jerking. It occurs after exercise or work in heat. It can also be a sign of low sodium, due to increase sweating in the hot weather.
Heat cramps are muscle twitches or spasms, usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs that are associated with heat and dehydration. Sweating depletes the body of water and salt. People who sweat a lot during strenuous activity or those who lose a lot of salt in their sweat are prone to heat cramps.
(This answer provided for NATA by the Marist College Athletic Training Education Program.)

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