August 16, 2007
Health Tip: Who's at Greater Risk for Heat-Related Illness
Including the very young and the elderly
(HealthDay News) -- Heat-related illness occurs when the body can't cool itself during extremely hot and humid conditions.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, certain people are at greater risk, including:
- Infants and young children up to 4 years of age.
- People aged 65 and older.
- People who are significantly overweight or obese.
- People who overexert themselves or don't drink enough fluids.
- People with high blood pressure, heart disease, and those who take certain medications for depression, insomnia or poor circulation.