The first death from heat stroke during the current heat wave was reported by Hartford Hospital today.
Admissions to the Emergency Room here increased to an average of 300 a day so far.
"We've had a couple of people with really heat related illnesses, we had a person who actually had a heat stroke and passed away, unfortunately," said Dr. A.J. Smalley.
"We've had a couple of people with heat exhaustion who just needed I-V fluids and such."
But the majority of those coming in are people who already have health problems, which are made worse by the heat.
"A lot of those people are just having exacerbations or worsening of chronic diseases, if they're diabetes, they're chronic lung disease, they asthma, they're heart failure and this heat just makes them get sicker," said Smalley.
Many of them are elderly people who tend not to drink a lot of water to begin with because some of the elderly don't seem to realize they're thirsty on a day like this.
"One reason is some medications but I think in general it's just something an aging function that goes away," said Smalley.
For those that work outside in this heat., and for everyone else, the best thing to do is always drink plenty of water, and take frequent rests.
Thousand of people are expected to come to Bushnell Park for the three day, outdoor jazz festival that starts tonight.
While a cold beer or glass of wine may sound great at an outdoor concert, the doctor says that's the worst thing you can do.
"Alcohol is somewhat of a diuretic, so you lose fluid but also it is a vasal dialator, it opens up you blood vessels so if you're dehydrated you're more likely to fall and hit your head," Smalley said.
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