Heat tops 90 degrees; who’s more susceptible to heat illness

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Last summer, Dayton area emergency crews responded to more than a dozen heat-related calls.

The number may actually be much higher since many medical conditions in the summer, like heart attacks or strokes, are related to the heat.

2 NEWS spoke with an emergency room doctor who says it’s a good idea for the elderly to check with their pharmacists to see if their drugs might make them more susceptible to heat-related illness.

Dr. Randy Marriott at Miami Valley Hospital said no one should spend prolonged time in the heat or in the sun.

He said the best way to prevent getting sick from the heat is staying cool and hydrated.

Marriott says using common sense is also important. Over-exerting yourself in extremely hot and humid weather is never a good idea.

During hot summer days, Marriott says the E.R. sees a common trend in heat-related cases.

“I think most commonly we see what is termed heat exhaustion. Where people become weak and tired and exhausted,” said Dr. Marriott. “Essentially from being in the heat too long. Which brings about some dehydration and that’s probably the most common thing that we see. Often times in people who are forced to be in the heat due to their work.”

Also when the temperatures rise, it’s a good reminder that our cars can become ovens within minutes and potentially deadly conditions for children and pets.

Experts suggest to put your purse, wallet or phone by your child’s safety seat to help remind you that they’re back there.

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