Heatstroke vs Stroke

2015-0630 heat stroke

During the past few days, the temperature in Southern California has been over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and in some places over 100 degrees. I thought this might be a good opportunity to explain the difference between “heatstroke” and “stroke.” Thankfully, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association combined forces and prepared the following infographic on this very subject.

2015-0630 Heatstroke vs Stroke

Excerpt from WebMD

Common symptoms of heatstroke include nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma after exposure to heat and lack of hydration.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you suspect someone has heat stroke — also known as sunstroke — call 911 immediately (if in the United States) and give first aid until paramedics arrive.

Heatstroke can kill or cause damage to the brain and other internal organs. Heatstroke often occurs as a progression from milder heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), and heat exhaustion. But it can strike even if you have no previous signs of heat injury.


Thanks to Stroke Association for making the infographic available; WebMD for adding to our knowledge of heatstroke; Google for helping me find the inforgraphic; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made is possible to include the infographic and text in this post.

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