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WakeMed Physician Gives Heat Safety Advice

Temperatures have officially reached the 90s and are forecasted to stay there for at least the next several days. During a heatwave like this, it is important to be careful when engaging in outdoor activities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to too much extreme heat could cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat exhaustion leads to symptoms such as weakness, fainting, heavy sweating, an elevated pulse, nausea, vomiting and muscle cramping. Heat stroke can take your body temperature to above 103 degrees and can cause a rapid pulse rate as well as possible unconsciousness.

WRAL recently interviewed one of our primary care physicians, Dr. Michael Soboeiro of WakeMed Physician Practices – Garner Primary Care, for his recommendations on managing such high temperatures. Most importantly, he said to drink a lot of water – in fact, drink four times the amount you would ususally drink.  He also warned to be especially careful about young children and elderly family members, as both groups are more susceptible to heat-related health problems.

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Take precautions against heat-related illness as temps rise