Hyperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the heat-regulating mechanisms of the body to deal with the heat coming from the environment. Older people, particularly those with chronic medical conditions, should stay indoors on hot and humid days, especially when an air pollution alert is in effect or go to a cooling center. Health-related factors that might increase hyperthermia risk include: dehydration, substantial under- or over-weight, drinking alcoholic beverages, side-effects from some medications). Heat waves can cause heat-related deaths in susceptible individuals (e.g., very old, very young, very sick. (Source)

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