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.
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
Related medicine news :1
All rights reserved
. Prenatal drug exposure linked to sleep problems in children2
. UC research shows risk of ALS exposure in Gulf War veterans is time limited3
. Long-term pesticide exposure may increase risk of diabetes4
. Exposure Therapy Effective in Preventing Post-Traumatic Stress5
. Lead Exposure in Childhood Linked to Criminal Behavior Later6
. Cumulative radiation exposure shows increased cancer risk for emergency department patients7
. Study reveals link among childhood allergies, asthma symptoms, and early life exposure to cats8
. GreatTrainers.com Announces Low-Cost Television and Internet Exposure for Members9
. Amber Valletta on Preventing Mercury Exposure10
. Ad in USA TODAY Touts Benefits of Moderate UV Exposure11
. Chronic Exposure to Solvents Disturbs Brains Wiring