Watching for signs of heat-related illness during Michigan’s heat wave

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – A heat wave is heading into mid-Michigan and temperatures could reach the 90s on Monday.

Due to the extreme heat, University of Michigan Health is warning people about the signs of heat-related illness. Outside temperatures were not too bad from early Monday morning; however, that should change.

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Recognizing heat illness can help prevent a trip to the emergency room. Deaths from heat-related illnesses have increased in the United States from about 1,600 in 2021 to more than 2,300 in 2023.

Mild symptoms that may indicate it’s time to go inside include fatigue, cramps, nausea and headaches.

Dr. Uren, an emergency physician at University of Michigan Health, said these symptoms can worsen very quickly and even lead to a more serious problem, such as heatstroke.

“Heat stroke is a true medical emergency,” says Dr. Brad Uren. “So if someone has a rising body temperature and gets to the point where they have an altered mental status, causing them to become confused, speak indistinctly, they may lose consciousness or have seizures. That’s a real medical emergency. So you need to contact 911. You need to take steps to cool that patient down as quickly as possible with the resources you have available, such as air conditioning or cool water. And if you don’t get medical care for that person quickly, it could become life-threatening.”

The doctor said to check the weather apps on your phone to plan ahead, hydrate and take several breaks to get some shade and air conditioning.

Children and the elderly are at greater risk of heat-related illness.

If you recognize any of these symptoms, get them out of the heat, and if symptoms worsen, don’t hesitate to call 911.

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