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People with high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation (AFib) are 5 times at a greater risk for stroke or heat stroke than other people.
AFib effets the way your heart pumps and gives you an irregular heart beat. Pools of blood can form in the upper chambers of the heart called the (atria). This pooling can cause a blood clot in your heart. If the clot breaks away it can lodge in your brain causing a stroke.
In hot weather you need to keep well hydrated by drinking lots of water. Dehyration also causes a thicking of the blood slowing down needed blood flow. Also do to sweating (fluid loss) you loose a lot of your electrolytes that control many body functions.
Here are some simple tests if yoy think someone shows signs of stroke or heat stroke:
* Face: Ask your loved one to smile. Does one side of the mouth droop?
* Arms: Ask to lift both arms up. Does one arm drift downward?
* Speech: Ask them to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred, sound strange are they having a hard time repeating back the phrase?
If you detect any of these signs call 911 immediately.
Remeber, heat stoke is a masked sympton. Many times the victim does not they are going into heat stroke. Light headedness, difficult breathing, feel extreme tiredness, head aches, blurred vision are only some of the signs of heat stroke.
word of the day: Hydration limit the outside time doing activities in this heat wave.

Posted on July 3rd, 2012 at 07:38 by Alex Smith in PERSONAL SAFETY,Safety in Hot Weather,Uncategorized - Comments (0)

I suffered a light stroke and the doctors put me on several preventative medications so I would not have a re-occurence. We don’t have any small children around the house since all our children have grown and have their own homes. I got to looking at all my medications laying out in plain sight and realized in some homes this could be be hazardous. If we had some child visiting they could get a hold of them as well.

Taking care and knowing about your medications is indirectly part of home security. I felt the need to compile some thoughts that you might have overlooked.

Storage of drugs should be kept in a dry area away from heat. A bathroom or kitchen is not a good place to keep them. Do not leave your medications in your car. High heat can destroy them or make them ineffective.

Keep a list of all your medications and the dosages with you. If have to go to an emergency room, the treatment they give you may depend on what medications you are taking.

DO NOT take any medications prescribed to another person. Not all people react to medications the same way. You could have a reaction to that person’s drugs.

Drink at least 8oz of water when taking your medicine. Some pills will not work with just a swallow of water to get then down. Look at the instructions as to how to take them. Some medications are recommended to take with food. This may eliminate stomach irritation.

Do not keep old and expired drugs. Most drugs have time at which they no longer effective or safe to take. Flush old drugs down the toilet. Don’t throw out in the trash.

Don’t stop taking medications without consulting your doctor. This can lead to a serious condition that could be life threatening.

Take a look at your medicines when you pick them up from the pharmacy. Look at the color, size and shape. Get to know and recognize what your medications look like. Mistakes have been made filling or re-filling medications. Ask your pharmacist about any new medications prescribed to you. It’s the law in most states that the pharmacist has to give you this information.

When traveling, don’t pack your medications in your checked luggage. They can get lost. Keep the identification of your doctor, pharmacist, and prescription numbers with you while you travel.

If you take several different drugs it might not be wise to keep them together in the same container. Some drugs react with each other when they come in contact with each other. Again, ask your pharmacist.

There are several places you can learn more about the drugs you are taking. Some of these are: the internet, your local library ( the Physicians Desk Reference), the company that manufactures the drug, pamphlets at your doctors office and pharmacies.

Don’t take drugs lightly. The can be life savers or life killers.

Posted on June 3rd, 2008 at 06:24 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Home Security,Safety in Hot Weather - Comments (0)

Since I have a lawn service business I work outside. I don’t have to tell you we’re experiencing hot waves all over our country. Yes, I know you’re “bullet proof and ten feet tall.” You jog on a regular basis and you can handle the heat, but heat exhaustion and heat stroke can attack you before you know it.

Some symptoms include, cramps, fatigue, clammy skin, headache , nausea, hyperventilation and irritability. Our bodies usually regulate it’s temperature by sweating, but when it experiences unusually hot weather it can’t keep up with regulating itself. When temperatures start rising to 104 to 106 degrees ( 41.1 degrees celsius) you are a candidate for a heat stroke. Heat stroke can occur in just 20 minutes under the right conditions.

If somone is having a heat stroke get them to a shady area immediately. Remove clothing and spray the body with cool (not cold) water. Place ice packs under the arm pits and get to a medical facility as soon as possible.

The most important thing you can do to avoid heat stroke is to be sure you drink a lot of water and don’t overdo exercise in extreme hot conditions. Do not drink alcoholic beverages in excess in very hot conditions. Alcohol dehydrates the body. Heat exhaustion/stroke is the result of the body losing fluids and salt excessively. This is what causes cramps as well. Be careful in hot conditions and you can avoid these conditions.

Posted on August 15th, 2007 at 13:29 by Alex Smith in Safety in Hot Weather,Uncategorized,warning signs - Comments (0)

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