Now is the time when people are outdoors enjoying the summer weather. Unfortunately, these are also traditionally the hottest months of the year here in Denver, Colorado and people of all ages — especially older adults — are in danger of dehydration, over-exposure to the sun and other heat-related issues.
From 1999 to 2010, there were 8,081 heat-related deaths reported nationwide, most of which occurred during May through September, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 72 percent of those deaths, the underlying cause was exposure to excessive heat, and the heat was a contributing factor in the remaining 28 percent.
There are a number of sun-related dangers such as sunburns and blisters, skin cancer risk, dehydration, heat syncope (fainting) and infectious insect bites, including ticks. There is also the danger of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke is the most severe form and requires immediate medical attention.
Kimberly Winter, M.D. in the Family Medicine at Highlands Ranch, knows all about the various challenges of playing and working too much in the summer sun and is available to provide commentary and perspective on the following topics:
What are common signs and symptoms for heat exhaustion and heat stroke?
What do you do when someone experiences one of these conditions?
Why are some people more susceptible to the heat, including young people, older adults and overweight individuals?
How does physical exertion, including sports activities in hot conditions, lead to overheating and other injuries?
What precautions are good to take to help prevent heat-related illnesses?
How can we avoid dehydration? Can you drink too much water? Do sports drinks help with dehydration?
What do you do when a person becomes overheated?
How do some medications change the way the body reacts to heat?
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