What are the treatments for Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke is an emergency condition where the body's core temperature is markedly elevated (depending on who provides the definition, about 104 F [40 C] or above in adults and 105 F or 40.5 C in children) after being exposed to high environmental temperatures combined with neurologic symptoms and loss of body thermal auto regulation (ability of the brain to control the body temperature). The elderly, pregnant females, and young children are at higher risk for heat stroke; their bodies do not cool as well as adults with no health problems). Some health-care professionals further subdivide heat strokes into exertional and non-exertional, but both have similar symptoms and treatments. Heat stroke has also been termed sunstroke and hyperthermia; heat stroke is a medical emergency. Animals (dogs and cats, for example) can suffer heat stroke; symptoms of excessive panting and lethargy or unresponsiveness are usually diagnostic. The animal's Vet should be notified immediately; the treatments and outcomes are similar to those described below for humans.