Heat wave can cause health concerns - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Heat wave can cause health concerns

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With the heat sticking around 19 Action News took the question of "what are the symptoms of heat stroke?", to the Lakewood Dog Park where the Tuesday evening temperature was over 90 degrees.

The very first person we asked said, "dry skin, you'll tend to feel dizzy frequently, and you probably have dry lips and tongue," according to Steve Oleksa. Well he's right, but we found out after we asked him the question he's a nurse.

According to staff at MetroHealth Medical Center, the symptoms are very similar to the flu. Dizziness and nausea and if you get to the point you stop sweating, get to an emergency room right away.

That being said Oleksa was totally prepared for being out there with his dog Mickey, "I've got my ears covered, sunglasses are good just for vision, and I carry a big thermal cup of ice water with me."

We also checked in with Dr. Emily Dodge at MetroHealth Emergency Department to talk about the air quality advisory that's out for basically all of us.

"Anybody from an asthmatic to somebody with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, those are the folks that are the most prone," advised Dr. Dodge.

The humidity mixed with hot air is attacking not just the elderly but really anyone with breathing problems. And it could be in a very serious situation in seconds.

"They're going to have a little more difficulty breathing, they're going to notice they're a little more short of breath. Minimal activity will cause them to be short of breath. They might start wheezing, they might start coughing to the point they can not catch their breath," according to Dr. Dodge.

With the severe heat the emergency department at Metro has seen about 80 more people than usual in the last 24 hours.

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