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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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Is heat stroke fatal if left untreated? How many people are brain damaged and institutionalized by it?

Is heat stroke fatal if left untreated? How many people are brain damaged and institutionalized by it?

Yes: Heat stroke is fatal if left untreated. The 2nd part of your question is far more difficult. It depends on what geographic area and time period you're investigating. The rapidity of recognition and treatment are also key variables.

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I have heat stroke, how much heat can I take?

I have heat stroke, how much heat can I take?

Heat stroke: If you have heat stroke then you want to avoid heat and strenuous activity in the heat. Also you need to drink plenty of fluids, mostly water.

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What can I do to prevent heat stroke?

Cool water: Simple. Pre-hydrate before exposure to heat, maintain adequate hydration in the heat and stay cool. Wear loose clothing. Pace your work speed.

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If I am about to have heat stroke, what should I drink to reverse it?

Water: Lots of water, or even better, gatorade or pedialyte. Those two things have important electrolytes such as sodium and potassium that may be depleted in heat stroke.

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What are some common treatments for a heat stroke?

What are some common treatments for a heat stroke?

Requires hospital: Heat stroke is characterized by a high core temperature and the bodies inability to release this heat. The person will be red and dry (unable to perspire). Cooling down the person's core with IV fluid, oral fluids (if still safely able to take by mouth), and cooling the body down, often with cooling blankets is key. If a hospital is not possible, do your best to cool the torso and get fluids in.

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What are some of the non-drug treatments for Heat stroke?

What are some of the non-drug treatments for Heat stroke?

Heat Stroke!: Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. If you suspect that someone has heat stroke -- also known as sunstroke -- call an ambulance immediately and give first aid until paramedics arrive. Http://www. Webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/heat-stroke-symptoms-and-treatment#1

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If you had a heat stroke and do you have to go to the hospital?

If you had a heat stroke and do you have to go to the hospital?

Sometimes: Depending on the severity of the problem, hospitalization may be necessary in order for the patient to receive intravenous fluids or other treatments.

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What medical condition causes a heat stroke and seizure?

What medical condition causes a heat stroke and seizure?

Probably dehydration: Dehydration occurs with prolonged exertion in hot conditions. This can cause loss of consciousness, heat stroke, or even seizure. Infection and high fever may also cause a seizure, but not heat stroke.

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What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion vs heat stroke?

What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion vs heat stroke?

Heat stroke: In the latter the heat regulation system is not working and the tempuature shoots up to 105 degrees or higher. Severe neurological symptoms accompany heat stroke and it is a medical emergency.

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Is it possible that doctors confirm if I've had strokes, and if there's brain damage?

Usually, with a: Complete history and physical. Imaging will also likely be beneficial, especially a head mri. Ct is much less helpful in cases such as this. Please see your doctor. A consultation with a neurologist (a physician specially trained in diseases of the brain and nerves) may be useful as well.

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What is the difference amongst panic attack, low blood sugar, or heat stroke?

What is the difference amongst panic attack, low blood sugar, or heat stroke?

Hypoglycemia, blood: blood glucose level < 70, = medical condition requiring diagnostic evaluation for its cause. Panic attack = sudden episode of intense fear from no apparent cause that triggers at least 4 physical reactions. It can recur in Panic Disorder & other psychiatric disorders. Heat Stroke= Body temp 104 degrees or > with shock & possible organ damage/death from prolonged exposure/exertion in hot weather.

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What is the risk of having a stroke or brain damage when having a triple bypass?

What is the risk of having a stroke or brain damage when having a triple bypass?

As Low As 1%: Jama (1/26/11) reported a cleveland clinic study showing a stroke rate of 0.91% from 2005-2010, a steady decline from 1982 due to better preoperative assessment, anesthetic and surgical technique, and post-op care. About 60% of those strokes happened after surgery (2 days) and 40% during the operation. This number is low, though slightly higher than for pci percutaneous coronary intervention.

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I have a fetal doppler and I'm just reading on how safe they are n I've came across info that they cause heating when held still and brain damage?

I have a fetal doppler and I'm just reading on how safe they are n I've came across info that they cause heating when held still and brain damage?

No: That is completely false. You may have read that there are ultrasounds that are high frequency ultrasounds (machines, generally) that can generate heat, but those aren't the type that are used for fetal doppler. There have been a lot of studies on the safety of ultrasound in pregnancy and there's no literature or data to support any harm to the baby. Not to worry.

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93yo aunt didn't take water pills. Did ok till assisted lvg had saltier diet. Had stroke with some brain damage, making life hard on family what now?

93yo aunt didn't take water pills. Did ok till assisted lvg had saltier diet. Had stroke with some brain damage, making life hard on family what now?

Rehabilitation: Many pts can recover or improve with physical therapy. Carefully proper use of medications becomes even more important and a change or increase in level of assisted living is probably indicated. Very sorry for your family.

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Heat Illness (Definition)

Heat illness is a spectrum of disorder due to envoirenmental heat exposure. It can include heat syncope, heat cramps and heat exaustion more severe conditions are heat stroke, inwhich body temp goes over 105 degree f.Or 40.6 degreec due to envorenmental heat exposure and lac of thermo regulation. This is different than fever where there is physiological increase in ...Read more


Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Heat Stroke (Hyperthermia) (Definition)

A condition where your body temperature rises to 104-105 degrees (farenheit). Your body overheats as a result of exercising in very high temperatures. ...Read more