August 16, 2019 - This summer we have seen a rise in temperature across the globe. Japan, Europe and parts of the United States have all seen record-high temperatures. In the United States, the excessive heat has led to at least six deaths so far this summer. In the month of August, a time of the year where we see peak temperatures, we want to be remindful of the dangers extreme heat poses and the ways you can prevent heat-related illness.
While everyone can be affected by extreme heat, vulnerable populations can be affected the most. Those with chronic conditions can experience poor blood circulation, increased dehydration and mental illness which increases the risk of heat-related illness. Medications can also increase risk. Some medications can alter your response to heat. Research has shown a linkage between psychotropic drugs and heat-related illness. These drugs can interfere with body temperature regulation and should be taken with caution during extreme heat. Heatstroke, a condition caused by your body overheating, occurs when body temperature reaches 104 F or higher.
No matter your risk, heat-related illness, and death is preventable and can be avoided by following these hot weather tips.
Find out more information about extreme heat and other natural disasters by visiting the CDC Natural Disaster and Severe Weather webpage. If you are taking medications that impact your response to heat, consider using Rx on the Run, a printable personalized wallet card that documents your prescriptions and other medical information. For a list of common psychotropic medications which can impair your response to heat, go here.