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  1. heatstroke, heat hyperpyrexianoun

    collapse caused by exposure to excessive heat


  1. heatstrokenoun

    A severe case of hyperthermia in which body temperature rises above 40.8°C or 105.1 °F.


  1. heatstroke

    Heat stroke or heatstroke, also known as sun stroke, is a severe heat illness that results in a body temperature greater than 40.0 °C (104.0 °F), along with red skin, headache, dizziness, and confusion. Sweating is generally present in exertional heatstroke, but not in classic heatstroke. The start of heat stroke can be sudden or gradual. Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition due to the potential for multi-organ dysfunction, with typical complications including seizures, rhabdomyolysis, or kidney failure.Heat stroke occurs because of high external temperatures and/or physical exertion. It usually occurs under preventable prolonged exposure to extreme environmental or exertional heat. However, certain health conditions can increase the risk of heat stroke, and patients, especially children, with certain genetic predispositions are vulnerable to heatstroke under relatively mild conditions.Preventive measures include drinking sufficient fluids and avoiding excessive heat. Treatment is by rapid physical cooling of the body and supportive care. Recommended methods include spraying the person with water and using a fan, putting the person in ice water, or giving cold intravenous fluids. Adding ice packs around a person is reasonable but does not by itself achieve the fastest possible cooling.Heat stroke results in more than 600 deaths a year in the United States. Rates have increased between 1995 and 2015. Purely exercise-induced heat stroke, though a medical emergency, tends to be self-limiting (the patient stops exercising from cramp or exhaustion) and fewer than 5% of cases are fatal. Non-exertional heatstroke is a much greater danger: even the healthiest person, if left in a heatstroke-inducing environment without medical attention, will continue to deteriorate to the point of death, and 65% of the most severe cases are fatal even with treatment.


  1. heatstroke

    Heatstroke is a severe and potentially life-threatening condition characterized by an extreme increase in body temperature, often above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). It is typically caused by prolonged exposure to high temperatures or physical exertion in hot conditions, which lead to the failure of the body's temperature control system. Symptoms may include confusion, rapid breathing, racing heart rate, sweating, and changes in the color of skin. If left untreated, it can cause serious damage to vital organs and potentially result in death.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heatstroke in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heatstroke in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  1. Jibran Nasir:

    Not a single public service message was sent out by the government regarding this heat wave, if Sameer's now-dead children would have made it to the largest government-run hospital in the city, they would still not have survived because of the dismal lack of facilities to deal with an illness as basic as a heatstroke.

  2. Aaron Swiggett:

    Since this is going to be the first heat wave of the year, it's important to be really cognizant of making sure that you're aware of any heat illness or heatstroke-related symptoms and being especially cautious of them and having extra water on hand to combat that and the importance of shade.

  3. Shizuo Yoshimoto:

    There are quite a few cases where patients are unable to get a hold of drugs, so one issue is how to maintain treatment for those with chronic illness. Another is acute illness, as heatstroke is on the rise.

  4. Richard William Harris:

    Awesome, it's great. God bless Senior Center volunteers, man, i'm just glad Senior Center volunteers're here cause I sure needed it and I don't want to die out there from heatstroke. If it wasn't for this place, I don't know what I would do.

  5. Jeremy Hess:

    I was taking care of patients in two of our hospitals out here in Seattle during the heat dome and unfortunately this was the first year I can say confidently that I and my patients very clearly experienced the impacts of climate change. I saw paramedics who had burns on their knees from kneeling down to care for patients with heatstroke. And I saw far too many patients die in the ED as a result of their heat exposure this past year.

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