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Heat stroke occurs when your core body temperature rises above the normal range. This can be caused by exposure to high temperatures, or by physical exertion in hot weather.

Symptoms of heat stroke can include any of the following:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Seizures

If left untreated, heat stroke can lead to organ damage or even death.

You can do several things to prevent heat stroke, such as staying hydrated, avoiding strenuous activity in hot weather, and wearing loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. If you or someone you know begins to experience symptoms of heat stroke, it’s important to act quickly.  

Heat stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 and cool their body down as quickly as possible. The sooner they receive treatment, the better their chances of recovery. By taking some simple precautions, you can help prevent heat stroke and stay safe in the end-of-summer heat.