The summer heat is close to unbearable. In Florida there is no
lead-up to the heat, it just knocks us for a loop suddenly.
As we have learned from past lectures, heat stroke is a killer.
With the temperature in the 90's or higher, we, as CERT volunteers, need to review the information on this website
pertaining to heat stroke.
We need to keep in mind that heat stroke is a killer, it is a
form of severe hypothermia in which the body temperature is raised dramatically. Heat stroke is a true medical emergency
that is often fatal if not properly and promptly treated.
In a person suffering from heat stroke, the body
temperature can rise to 104 degrees F or higher. At these temperatures, the hypothalamus, the thermostat of the
body, blows out and allows the body temperature to rise to a level that causes permanent brain damage and
Outdoor sports like tennis and golf, place us in a position to
become overheated and dehydrated, either of which can bring on heat stroke. Remember that you need to start
hydrating your self the night before any strenuous activity such as tennis or gardening, and keep on hydrating your
self throughout the duration of the activity.
Please review the section on Heat Stroke on this website, it can save a life.
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