Navigation Links
Heat Exposure a Dangerous Summer Threat
Date:7/9/2008

The poor, the elderly and people without health insurance especially vulnerable, study says

WEDNESDAY, July 9 (HealthDay News) -- Every summer, an estimated 6,200 Americans are hospitalized for heat exposure. In 2005, about 180 of those people who were hospitalized died, according to the latest News and Numbers from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Severe heat exposure, which is called hyperthermia, occurs when the body's temperature rises to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Symptoms of heat exposure can include nausea, vomiting, weakness, headache and muscle cramps.

In severe cases, called heat stroke, victims may suffer from a rapid pulse, difficulty breathing, mental confusion, seizure and even a coma, according to AHRQ.

Those at highest risk are the poor, the elderly and people lacking health insurance, according to an AHRQ analysis. That analysis, based on 2005 data, found that:

  • People who lived in communities where the average household income was less than $36,999 were hospitalized at twice the rate of people from wealthier areas where average household incomes exceeded $61,000.
  • The rate of hospital admissions for hyperthermia for people without health insurance was significantly higher (17 percent) than hospital admissions for uninsured patients as a whole (5 percent).
  • People 65 and older were hospitalized for hyperthermia at 15 times the rate of people age 17 and younger.
  • Hospital admissions for hyperthermia in the South (3.1 per 100,000 population) were more than twice that of the Midwest and West (1.4 per 100,000 each). The Northeast had a rate of 1.7 per 100,000 for hyperthermia.

More information

For advice on how to protect yourself from heat exposure, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



-- HealthDay staff



SOURCE: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, news release, July 9, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Prenatal drug exposure linked to sleep problems in children
2. UC research shows risk of ALS exposure in Gulf War veterans is time limited
3. Long-term pesticide exposure may increase risk of diabetes
4. Exposure Therapy Effective in Preventing Post-Traumatic Stress
5. Lead Exposure in Childhood Linked to Criminal Behavior Later
6. Cumulative radiation exposure shows increased cancer risk for emergency department patients
7. Study reveals link among childhood allergies, asthma symptoms, and early life exposure to cats
8. GreatTrainers.com Announces Low-Cost Television and Internet Exposure for Members
9. Amber Valletta on Preventing Mercury Exposure
10. Ad in USA TODAY Touts Benefits of Moderate UV Exposure
11. Chronic Exposure to Solvents Disturbs Brains Wiring
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... , ... May 24, 2016 , ... Mental health watchdog ... the Church of Scientology and renowned professor of psychiatry Thomas Szasz, is continuing its ... “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” exhibit in Atlanta, Georgia. The opening of the exhibit ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Loma Linda University Health ... adult hospital and expanded Children’s Hospital. Over 3,000 people looked on as the shovels ... out the event photo slidehsow. , During the program, Richard H. Hart, MD, ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Backed ... data logger for each job, ensuring the best suited solution to meet regulatory ... data loggers at their lab in Istanbul. , Metroloji Okulu specializes in MadgeTech’s ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 , ... Growing in ... growing trend, more gluten-free products are available and easily accessible. Whether someone chooses to ... to cater to a certain diet, King Kullen Grocery stocks their shelves with many ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... The ... 9.3 million people, or 10% over last year, according to data in the ... group policies was comparatively stable, with a slight decrease in risk-based groups and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... -- Clarifying Vision - Prospects and Developments ... Care What can be expected from the ... at the fastest rates? This visiongain report ... opportunities and prospects. ,Our 190-page report ... lucrative areas in the industry and the future market ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Experts from various ... Medicine and the role of technology in innovative ... The First International Conference of VPS-Penn Medicine opened in ... and presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister ... Medicine, which helps provide personalized medicine and tailor-made healthcare in ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... , May 23, 2016   Purdue Pharma ... into an agreement with Egalet Corporation and Acura ... As part of the agreement the companies will ... enable all three companies to develop and sell ... "This agreement reflects the commitment of Purdue ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: