Heat Stroke & Heat Exhaustion
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are the most common conditions directly associated with summer heat waves. However, hot weather can also place a dangerous strain on the heart, exacerbate respiratory impairments like asthma or emphysema and a range of other medical conditions, and also affect the ability to manage chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension.
These medical risks present an opportunity for neighbors to check on their elderly or disabled friends and relatives during the hot weather. Since many people experiencing heat-related symptoms may be unaware that they are having a problem, it is critical to check on elderly and disabled folks living alone or who are socially isolated.
Learn more about how you can reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses