Heat stroke vs. medical stroke

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)- As the temperatures continue to rise, knowing the symptoms of heat stroke are important. In addition, there are major differences between heat strokes and medical strokes. A heat stroke is caused by exposure to excessive heat, specifically when a person’s core temperature exceeds 104 degrees.

Some symptoms of heat stroke include:
-Possible unconsciousness

Shannon Sparrow, Battalion Chief at Greenville Fire and Rescue, said, “prevention is the key to this. If you can hydrate before you go outside and expose yourself to these extreme temperatures it will help keep the risk at a minimum.”

A medical stroke is caused by blood vessels blocked to the brain. The lack of oxygen by the blockage results in brain cell death.

F.A.S.T. is a helpful acronym when trying to remember the symptoms of medical strokes.

F- Face Dropping
A- Arm Weakness
S- Speech Difficulty
T- Time to call 9-1-1

Some other signs of medical strokes include: trouble seeing, dizziness, sever headache, or weakness on one side of the body. Medical strokes are known as silent killers because they can be hard to predict.

“One is a reaction to the environment and one is a medical condition caused by blood vessels being blocked,” Sparrow said.

If you think you are experiencing a heat stroke or a medical stroke, seek medical help immediately.

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