HEAT STROKE: CAUSES AND PREVENTION
What is Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke is an emergency condition where the body's core temperature is markedly elevated after being exposed to high environmental temperatures combined with neurologic symptoms and loss of body thermal auto regulation (ability of the brain to control the body temperature). Heat stroke has also been termed sunstroke and hyperthermia; heat stroke is a medical emergency.
Heat Stroke Causes:
The major cause of heat stroke is prolonged exposure to high temperatures and/or doing strenuous activity in hot weather condition. The body's ability to control the core temperature (sweating, evaporative cooling, for example) is overwhelmed by heat.
Infants, children, pregnant females and the elderly are at higher risk for heat stroke because they are less able to control their core temperature.