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Good Question: What's the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?

Wednesday a cooling station will open in Mt. Sterling, one of many areas under a heat advisory.

The center will help people get in out of the heat and avoid danger to their bodies.

Good Question: What's the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?

The heat is on in central Kentucky and that means for anyone that has to be outside it can be downright uncomfortable.

We all know the heat can be dangerous, Greg Jones, the Director of the ER at St. Joseph Hospital in Mt. Sterling says for most of us there's just no tolerance.

"The real problem is that people aren't as use to heat as they were 30 or 40 years ago before air conditioning," said Dr. Jones.

When the mercury rises it causes our bodies to have to work harder, doctors say many times people don't even know they are in danger.

"You are losing electrolytes or chemicals from your blood that are essential for basic functions such as heart beat and heart rhythms."

We've all heard of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but what's the difference?

Heat exhaustion can happen when people exercise or work outdoors the body can over heat..people usually experience dizziness, muscle cramps even excessive sweating.

Heat stoke, on the other hand can be life threatening.

It happens when the body's cooling system shuts down affecting brain and organ function.

A person's core body temperature can reach over 105 degrees when experiencing heat stroke.

To avoid both, doctors say just use some common sense.

"You want to stay cool, keep in out of the heat, you want to pace yourself and you want to drink plenty of fluids."

Don't forget about your pets, they can suffer from heat stroke too.

Make sure they have plenty of water and shade and if need be bring them indoors during the hottest part of the day.


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