Dr. James WyrickEmergency Medicine

5 Facts About Heat Stroke

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Heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency. If treatment is delayed the mortality rate is very high.
It occurs because the body can no longer cool itself and excess heat builds up. This is not the same as a fever.
Heat stroke usually occurs because of exposure to high temperatures. However certain medications, especially those that decrease sweating, can lead to heat stroke at lower temperatures.
Heat stroke is different from heat exhaustion. The main difference is altered mental status. This can be anything from confusion to a coma.
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If you suspect heat stroke call 911 immediately, then remove the patient from the hot environment if it can be done safely.