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Health Tip: Risk Factors for Heat Illness

Health Tip: Risk Factors for Heat Illness

07/26/13

(HealthDay News) -- Prolonged exposure to high temperatures and high humidity can make you dangerously sick.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people with these risk factors are more likely to become ill from extreme heat:

  • Being elderly or very young.
  • Having a chronic health condition, such as heart disease.
  • Having mental illness.
  • Being obese.
  • Having poor circulation.
  • Engaging in strenuous physical activity in extreme heat.
  • Having no air conditioning at home or at the office.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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