Heat Illness

Feb 15, 2021 Issue
Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia: Updated Guidelines from the Wilderness Medical Society [Practice Guidelines]

The Wilderness Medical Society has published updated guidelines for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of exercise-associated hyponatremia.

Apr 15, 2019 Issue
Heat-Related Illnesses [Article]

Symptoms of heat-related illnesses range from heat edema and exercise-associated muscle cramps to exercise-associated collapse, heat exhaustion, and life-threatening heat stroke. Find out which patients need only supportive care, and when more urgent treatment is required.

Jun 1, 2011 Issue
Heat-Related Illness [Article]

Heat-related illness is a set of preventable conditions ranging from mild forms (e.g., heat exhaustion, heat cramps) to potentially fatal heat stroke. Hot and humid conditions challenge cardiovascular compensatory mechanisms. Once core temperature reaches 104°F (40°C), cellular damage occurs, initia...

Sep 1, 2005 Issue
CDC Reports on U.S. Heat-Related Mortality [Practice Guidelines]

Continued exposure to ambient heat that is close to body temperature contributes to a significant number of deaths from hyperthermia, especially among older adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated statistics on the rates of hyperthermia and heat-related deaths.

Jun 1, 2005 Issue
Management of Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion [Article]

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke are part of a continuum of heat-related illness. Both are common and preventable conditions affecting diverse patients. Recent research has identified a cascade of inflammatory pathologic events that begins with mild heat exhaustion and, if uninterrupted, can lead even...

Jun 1, 2002 Issue
Evaluation and Treatment of Heat-Related Illnesses [Article]

The body's ability to regulate core temperature depends on both host (internal) and environmental (external) factors. Although athletes are commonly thought to be most at risk for heat illnesses, children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. Heat cramps, which are caused by fluid and electro...

Sep 1, 1998 Issue
Heat-Related Illnesses [Article]

Heat-related illnesses cause 240 deaths annually. Although common in athletes, heat-related illnesses also affect the elderly, persons with predisposing medical conditions and those taking a variety of medications. Symptoms range from mild weakness, dizziness and fatigue in cases of heat edema, to s...

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