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How to Ride Out Dangerous Heat Waves
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MONDAY, July 5 (HealthDay News) -- Extreme summer heat can be more than uncomfortable, it can be deadly.
Since 1979, about 8,000 Americans have died from heat exposure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those most susceptible to extreme heat include the elderly and the very young, people with chronic diseases or mental illness, and those taking diuretics or blood pressure medications.
But young and healthy people are also at risk if they do physically strenuous activities in hot weather, according to researchers.
There are a number of ways to prevent overheating and protect yourself and others from heat exhaustion and heat stroke, said Dr. Larry Mellick of the emergency department at MCGHealth, an academic medical center of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta:
-- Robert Preidt
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SOURCE: MCGHealth, June 2010, news release
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