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What is a heat stroke?

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Heat stroke, also known as sun stroke, is a type of severe heat illness that results in a body temperature greater than 40.0 °C (104.0 °F). Other symptoms include red, dry or damp skin, headache, and dizziness.

Heat stroke occurs because of high external temperatures or physical exertion. Risk factors include heat waves, high humidity, certain drugs, alcohol, heart disease, and skin disorders.

To prevent heat stroke, a person should drink sufficient fluids and avoid excessive heat. Treatment is by rapid physical cooling of the body and supportive care. Some recommended methods include spraying the person with water and using a fan, putting the person in ice water, or giving cold intravenous fluids.

Heat stroke results in more than 600 deaths a year in the United States. The risk of death is less than 5% in those with exercise-induced heat stroke and as high as 65% in those with non-exercise induced cases.
Source: Wikipedia
  1. Can a person who exercises regularly get a heat stroke?

  2. Based on its description, heat stroke is a type of   .

  3. Which technique below can help you prevent heat stroke?

  4. Are you more or less likely to die from heat stroke if you exercise excessively versus if you suffer from a health problem?

  5. Can you take medicine to cure a heat stroke?

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  1. Have you ever been affected by excessive heat or over-exertion? Explain how it felt.

  2. Would you rather feel very hot or very cold? Explain.

  3. What is the temperature like in the area you currently reside in? Do you like it or would you rather live in a different type of environment?

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