Anyone can get heatstroke but the elderly are particularly at risk. Fainting is often the first sign of heatstroke in older people. Other groups who are at risk are those who are obese, people with lupus and those born with an impaired ability to sweat.
If you suspect heatstroke, you should:
move out of the sun to a cool, shady spot or air-conditioned room,
cool the person by covering them with damp sheets or spraying them with water,
cool the person using a fan, and
call 911 or take the person to the hospital immediately where their core body temperature will be lowered to a safe level.
The seriousness of heatstroke should not be underestimated. You can die from the condition as a result of
kidney failure or
brain damage caused by excess body heat. It's therefore crucial that medical assistance is sought immediately.
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