Who's most at risk?

Anyone candevelop heat exhaustion or heatstroke during a heatwave or while doing heavy exercise in hot weather. However,some people are at a higher risk.

These include:

  • elderly people
  • babies and young children
  • people with along-termhealth condition, such as diabetes or a heart or lung condition
  • people who are already ill and dehydrated (for example, from gastroenteritis )
  • people doing strenuous exercise for long periods, such as military soldiers, athletes, hikers and manual workers

You're more likely to experience problems if you're dehydrated, there's little breeze or ventilation, or you're wearing tight, restrictive clothing.

Certain medications can also increase your risk of developing heat exhaustion or heatstroke, including diuretics, antihistamines , beta-blockers , antipsychotics and recreational drugs, such as amphetamines and ecstasy.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018