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As we age, keeping our bodies cool can get a little bit harder. Older adults are at an increased risk for developing heat-related illness, in part, because of reduced sweating ability and reduced cardiac capacity. Other risk factors, such as various health conditions and associated medications, may also play a role.
VIDEO: "Older adults at risk during extreme heat" with Dr. Pierre Gosselin
Taking the time to explain why they are at an increased risk this summer and reviewing strategies for keeping cool is an important part of preventing heat-related illness in your older patients. Don’t forget to review their medications to assess for any prescription drugs that may exacerbate their risk. For more information, take the certified machealth Extreme Heat Events course.
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