Heat Stroke – Signs and Symptoms Copy

Heat stroke is a result of a core temperature of 40°C or more. The person will present with an altered level of consciousness with organ dysfunction taking place internally.

There are two types of heat stroke:

  • Non-extertional heat stroke caused by high temperatures and high humidity.
  • Exertional heat stroke caused by heat production such as an arborist with a high work rate, wearing protecitve clothing

Signs and symptoms can include:

  • Core body temperature of 40°C or more
  • Hot dry skin (although sweating is present in around half of all cases)
  • Extreme fatigue, headache, fainting, facial flushing, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Irregular heart beats and drop in blood pressure
  • Respiratory distress
  • Liver and kidney failure.

Heat Stroke can occur, through dehydration, excessive work rate in protective clothing in a hot environment.
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