Heatstroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke, can occur if your body temperature rises to 40 C or higher.
The condition is most common in the summer months.
Heatstroke requires emergency treatment. Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or death.
Heatstroke signs and symptoms include:
Heatstroke can occur as a result of:
In either type of heatstroke, your condition can be brought on by:
Anyone can develop heatstroke, but several factors increase your risk:
Heatstroke can result in a number of complications, depending on how long the body temperature is high. Severe complications include:
Heatstroke is predictable and preventable. Take these steps to prevent heatstroke during hot weather: