Facts about the heat
- Temperatures above 90 degrees can be very dangerous, especially when the humidity is also high. Crowded living conditions increase this danger.
- Your body needs time to adjust to hot weather. A sudden increase in temperature, especially in the early summer, is particularly dangerous because your body is unprepared for the strain.
- It doesn't take a "killer heat wave" to kill you. If you are feeling hot and uncomfortable, take steps to avoid heat stress.
- Heat stress can cause many medical problems including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heart failure and stroke. Proper precautions can make you more comfortable, prevent illness and even safe your life.
Watch your step
Your chances of getting sick in hot weather are increased by:
- A weak or damaged heart
- Problems with circulation
- A previous stroke
- Infection or fever
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
- Skin diseaess or sunburn which may reduce sweating
Many medications can make you much more vulnerable to the heat. If you take medicine for high blood pressure, nervousness, depression, poor circulation or sleeplessness, check with your doctor or pharmacist for advice.