Hyperthermia and Heat Exposure

Warm weather and outdoor activity generally go hand in hand. However, it is important for older people to take action to avoid the severe health problems often caused by hot weather. “Hyperthermia” is the general name given to a variety of heat-related illnesses. The two most common forms of hyperthermia are heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

A person with symptoms including headache, nausea, and fatigue after exposure to heat probably has some measure of a heat-related illness. It is important to recognize the difference between the very serious condition known as heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

Persons experiencing any of these symptoms should consult a doctor. If the victim is exhibiting signs of heat stroke, seek emergency assistance immediately. Without medical attention, heat stroke is frequently deadly – especially for older people.