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Preventing Heat Stroke in Older Adults

As the weather turns significantly warmer, older adults are especially vulnerable to heat-related ailments, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is warning.

“As we age,” NIH notes, “our ability to adequately respond to summer heat can become a serious problem. … Hyperthermia can include heat stroke, heat edema (swelling in your ankles and feet when you get hot), heat syncope (sudden dizziness after exercising in the heat), heat cramps and heat exhaustion.”

The National Institute on Aging lists several factors that could increase your risk of hyperthermia. They include:

  • Age-related changes to the skin, such as poor blood circulation and inefficient sweat glands
  • Heart, lung and kidney diseases, as well as any illness that causes general weakness or fever
  • High blood pressure or other conditions that require changes in diet, such as salt-restricted diets
  • Reduced sweating, caused by medications such as diuretics, sedatives, tranquilizers, and certain heart and blood pressure drugs
  • Taking several drugs for various conditions
  • Being substantially overweight or underweight
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages
  • Being dehydrated

In addition, lifestyle factors are at play, among them hot living quarters, lack of transportation and overdressing.

If you suspect that someone is suffering from a heat-related illness:

  • Call 911
  • Get the person out of the heat and into a shady, air-conditioned or other cool place. Urge them to lie down
  • If the person can swallow safely, offer fluids such as water and fruit or vegetable juices, not alcohol or caffeine
  • Apply a cold, wet cloth to the wrists, neck, armpits and groin
  • Encourage the person to shower, bathe or sponge off with cool water if it is safe to do so

SOURCE: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2018/heat-stroke-summer-older-adults.html?intcmp=AE-HEA-BB-ART


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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