ALBANY, N.Y. - As the heat wave continues in the Capital Region, area hospitals are seeing an increase in patients with heat-related illnesses.
Paramedic Michael Russo with Mohawk Ambulance says residents should not ignore warning signs.
"Start drinking before you feel thirsty," he said. "When your body tells you need to drink it's starting to get too late."
He also advises mixing fluids between water and Gatorade.
"When you drink a lot of water, you're going to the bathroom a lot, and your body is getting rid of electrolytes that you need to help you to continue to stay healthy and hydrated," he said.
Russo adds that an ice pack on the back of the neck is an easy way to keep cool to avoid a heat-related illness such as heat stroke. If you have been in the heat for an extended period of time, one sign of a heat stroke is if you stop sweating immediately after you have been sweating a lot.
Russo recommends residents do whatever they can to avoid being in the heat for too long.
"Try and stay cool," he said. "Stay inside."
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