ALBANY, N.Y. - Heat-related illnesses account for hundreds of deaths each year, but are easily prevented. As temperatures soar, Albany Medical Center's Department of Emergency Medicine offers tips to beat the heat.
According to Daniel Pauze, M.D., an emergency physician and director of operations in Albany Med's Department of Emergency Medicine, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most serious forms of heat-related illness, and both can be fatal. The symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
If left untreated, heat exhaustion can quickly progress to heat stroke, marked by unconsciousness.
To protect yourself and others from the heat, Dr. Pauze offers the following advice:
If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, call 911 immediately and attempt to lower their body temperature by moving them to a cool place or wrapping them with cool towels.