Hot weather can strain the heart, worsen asthma, emphysema and other conditions and make diabetes and hypertension harder to manage. 

If you believe someone has heat exhaustion or heat stroke, get them water and into a cool place immediately. If symptoms persist, or they lose consciousness, or have trouble breathing, call 911.

Heat Exhaustion

Symptoms

  • Heavy sweating
  • Extreme weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shallow breathing

What to do

  • Remove excess clothing
  • Rest in a cool area
  • Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath
  • Drink plenty of water

Heat Stroke 

Symptoms

  • Confusion
  • Rapid pulse
  • Seizures
  • Heavy sweating
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Body temperature of 103 or higher

What to do

  1. Call 9-1-1
  2. Move to an air-conditioned space
  3. Cool down with cold towels and ice