Beware of the heat

Rising temperatures can pose risks for adults, children and those on medication

Thermometer in the sky, in the heat

Winnipeg Health Region
Updated Friday, July 10, 2015

With the rise in temperature and humidity during the summer months also comes the increased risk of a number of heat-related conditions, including dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even death.

As a result, it is important to be aware of how heat can affect your body and to take the appropriate precautions. This is especially true for those who are sensitive to the heat, especially older adults and children.

People who take medications also need to be aware. Medications to treat mental health conditions, seizures, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, high blood pressure and cardiac conditions, including angina and arrhythmias, can affect the body's ability to adapt to heat. Drugs for some other health conditions may also increase your risk of heat illness. It's important to ask your health-care provider or pharmacist whether the medication you're taking affects your ability to cope with heat.

For more information on how you can protect you and your family, click on the following links:

Understanding Humidex: Manitoba's Heat Dial

Humidex is a measure of how hot we feel. The Humidex value combines temperature and humidity into one number to reflect the perceived temperature.

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