Heat Emergencies: What To Do First
June 16, 2016•13 min
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 1999 to 2010, a total of 7,415 deaths in the United States – an average of 618 per year – were associated with exposure to excessive heat. There are three main types of heat emergencies: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The three conditions are closely related; failure to recognize and treat heat cramps can quickly lead to heat exhaustion and ultimately, heat stroke.Jenice Forde-Baker, MD is here to explain the importance of receiving immediate medical attention if you've been exposed to excessive heat.