American Heart Association offers tips to keep safe in hot weather

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ILLINOIS - American Heart Association officials are offering central Illinois residents tips to help keep safe while outside in the summer's hot temperatures.

Officials say heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable, yet many people succumb to the hot temperatures each year.  The highest risk of illness or death belongs to the elderly, very young individuals, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases, but even young and healthy individuals can be at risk when participating in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

The American Heart Association recommends that people should avoid exerting themselves during the early afternoon hours, when temperatures reach their peak.  Additionally, you should dress for the heat, drink plenty of water, and take regular breaks.  You should also be on the lookout for heat exhaustion symptoms, which include headaches, heavy sweating, cold, moist skin, dizziness or fainting, weak and fast pulse, muscle cramps, fast, shallow breathing, nausea, and vomiting.

For more information on symptoms of heat-related illnesses, visit http://newsroom.heart.org/news/learn-the-signs-of-heatstroke.

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