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Doctors see rise in heat sickness cases

Doctors here say the best advice is staying inside, but they know with temperatures rising over the next two days they're going to see plenty of complications due to the heat.

Emergency physicians at UK Hospital say this year has been a busy one for heat related illnesses. Temperatures rose early in the year, but the most recent heat wave sent people to the emergency room in droves.

Doctors say they dealt with lots of heat cramps and exhaustion, and a few cases of heat stroke, which they say can be deadly. The majority of their cases were either people working outside, the elderly, or the homeless.

The next two days could send people to the hospital, not just due to the heat, but also the humidity. It's "going to compound the issues, making it more difficult for people to cool off so though the temperatures aren't going to reach the numbers we were seeing with the heat index and humidity we're probably going to see just as many complications associated with it," said Dr. Ryan Stanton.

Dr. Stanton was part of the crew that went to the Kentucky Speedway a few weeks ago in the middle of the state's record breaking heat wave. He said of the 586 people they treated, 65% had issues that were heat related.


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