Avoid heat stroke in sizzling summer weather

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Recognizing symptoms in time could mean the difference in saving a life

By Amy Taylor

With the blast-furnace heat we’re experiencing this summer, it’s important to protect yourself from developing heat stroke. Heat stroke is a potentially fatal problem that can hit people who work out in the sun, athletes who practice outdoors, and anyone exercising outside during the day.

The main symptom of heat stroke is a body temperature of 104 degrees or higher. Other symptoms may include:

• nausea and vomiting;

• flushed skin;

• rapid, shallow breathing;

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