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Unformatted text preview: Heat Illnesses Julia Rincon Kinesiology 1121.001 April 18, 2011 Submitted for Ms. Ayala Being exposed to an excessive amount of heat can lead to several heat-related illnesses. Heat can affect your performance and cause serious health issues. Some types are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat cramps may also develop due to lack of salty fluids. These illnesses may be treated and prevented through proper care. Failure to treat for such illnesses such as heat exhaustion can lead to heat stokes. Heat strokes can cause brain damage or damage to other organs and even cause death. Despite the different types of heat illnesses they are all preventable through proper care. Heat exhaustion is caused by over exposure to high temperatures or an unbalanced intake of fluids or insufficient salt in the body. Heat exhaustion usually takes a toll on elderly people with high blood pressure or people at work or exercising under hot temperatures. There are two types of heat exhaustion known as water depletion and salt depletion. Water depletion may show signs of excessive thirst, fatigue, chills, headache and even loss of consciousness. Salt depletion may include signs of nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, and dizziness. Heat exhaustion may occur after you have been exposed to high temperatures for several days and have developed dehydration. The symptoms for heat exhaustion are heavy sweating, paleness, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting, and fainting. The skin may also feel cool and moist. The pulse rate will be weak and fast, while the breathing will be fast and shallow. If and moist....
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