During hot weather, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of heat stroke. Heat stroke develops during a prolonged exposure to heat, and usually occurs along with dehydration. It can happen while playing sports, at a summer picnic, or while stuck in traffic. Heat stroke strikes when the body’s core temperature reaches in excess of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. This causes the body’s temperature regulating system to fail, creating damage to the brain and organs. Heat stroke is considered life threatening. If you suspect you, or someone else has heat stroke, get out of the sun, and call 911 immediately. Let’s examine the five main symptoms indicating heat stroke.
Dizziness. Heat stroke can cause dizziness and even fainting. This happens when the flow of blood is quickly reduced to the brain. Extreme heat can result in increased blood flow to the extremities and to the skin. This in turn, causes the blood to pool up in the legs, causing blood pressure to suddenly drop. Be aware of any feelings of dizziness or light headedness, and get out of the sun and rehydrate before fainting can occur.