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Who is at risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke?

Leigh Vinocur, MD
Emergency Medicine
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, hundreds of people die every year from heat-related illness/injury, which are completely preventable.

The elderly and very young kids are most at risk. The way we regulate our temperature in hot conditions is by sweating. As our sweat evaporates, it cools our bodies. However on very hot muggy summer days, the humidity in the airs prevents this system from working effectively, and we are all more at risk for heat-related injuries.
Although heat exhaustion and heat stroke can happen to anyone, the people most at risk are elderly people, young children and infants. Seniors and young children do not have the same ability to control body temperature through sweating and other mechanisms as older children and adults.    

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