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Hyperthermia: a hot weather hazard for older people

Warm weather and outdoor activity generally go hand in hand. However, it is important for older people to take action to avoid the severe health problems often caused by hot weather. Hyperthermia is the general name given to a variety of heat- related illnesses. The two most common forms of hyperthermia are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Of the two, heat stroke is especially dangerous and requires immediate medical attention (see “Definitions and symptoms of heat-related illnesses” on page 16).

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