Medical Minute - Heatstroke


Dr. Robert Freedman, Jr., cardiologist at Freedman Memorial Cardiology discusses heatstroke and the heart. Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures -- usually in combination with dehydration -- which leads to failure of the body's temperature control system. The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures. Other common symptoms include nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma. The CHRISTUS Cabrini Hospital's Emergency Department employs the Thermosuit - a cooling suit developed by Dr. Freedman to treat heatstroke. The Thermosuit works by rapidly cooling the body six times faster than conventional cooling with ice packs.

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