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Experts Warn About Heat's Impact on Health


Videojournalist: Angela Fowler

Danville, VA - High temperatures can quickly impact your health. Children, the elderly and people who work or play outdoors can be at serious risk of dehydration and even heat stroke.

Within 10 minutes, a child or even a pet left alone in a car can be exposed to extreme heat at least 50 degrees above the normal outdoor temperature.

One local doctor says you should watch out for symptoms:

"Being thirsty, another thing would be feeling a little bit lightheaded, nauseous, feeling tired, you can get muscle cramps, headache, even stopping to the point where you are not sweating anymore can be a symptom," said Dr. Matthew Dykema.

Dykema also stressed the importance of staying hydrated by drinking fluids that can replace salt in your body such as Gatorade.

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