CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH)-- The hot weather can lead to potentially deadly health issues like heat stroke.
The hot and humid weather draws many of us outdoors. But over the weekend, Tracy Crosby's son had a close call on the tennis court.
"He was running around the court and enjoying himself and then he hit a wall and the life drained out of him," said Crosby.
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That's why she pays attention when 90 degree temperatures set in.
"I'm making sure I'm drinking a lot of water. I keep my water bottle with me. If I go to a meeting, I take it with me," said Crosby.
Heat stroke is a big concern in the Emergency Department at Yale-New Haven Hospital during extreme hot conditions.
"Heart rate is going to go higher, they're going to sweat a lot, they're going to lose their dehydration and their heart is not going to be able to keep up with what their heart has to do," said Dr. Evie Marcolini, Yale-New Haven Hospital.
"They'll have an altered mental status. They'll be acting odd," said Marcolini.
She expects to treat heat stroke patients in the coming days. The elderly and children are especially vulnerable.
"If they start acting irritable, abnormal, you need to ask yourself, have they had enough fluids today, are the making wet diapers, have they eaten?" said Marcolini.
Signs of Heat Stroke are throbbing headache, dizziness and light headedness, muscle weakness or cramps, nausea, rapid heartbeat and breathing.
"The treatment for us is to check all their vital signs, check their electrolytes, do some lab work and get an EKG to make sure their heart is okay," said Marcolini.
Any signs of heat related issues call 911. On weather days like Monday, Dr. Marcolini stresses to stay hydrated.
And don't forget to check on elderly neighbors. Do keep a close eye on the kids, if they're acting like they normally do, Dr. Marcolini says they're are probably okay.
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