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Heatstroke symptoms: Are heatstroke and heat exhaustion the same?


Summery temperatures have brought people outside during June, following a disappointing chilly May. The mercury has hovered around 25C for the last week or so, not too hot or cold for most Sunseekers. But if the heat spikes as it did in 2020, people will want to keep an eye out for potential symptoms of heatstroke.

Are heatstroke and heat exhaustion the same?

Summer heat can mess with the body’s ability to regulate temperatures.

High temperatures and humidity, combined with any strenuous activity, can result in heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

They aren’t the same condition, however, as heat exhaustion comes first.

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The NHS recommends people call the NHS if they think someone they know has heatstroke.

Some people are more at risk of developing both conditions during hot weather.

They include the very old or very young, obese people, and those on prescription medications for blood pressure or their heart.

Sudden temperature changes and a high heat index also indicate a higher risk of heatstroke.



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