Heat Disorders - Risk Factors

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This week we’ve been looking at various heat stress disorders that may affect us as the summer heat increases the temperature and humidity of our facility. During the summer, we must all take precautions to ensure our bodies don’t get over heated.

Today we’ll look at ways some factors that increase your likelihood of having a heat stress episode:


  • Those that narrow your blood vessels (vasoconstrictors, such as ergotamine)
  • Those that regulate your blood pressure by blocking adrenaline (beta blockers, such as atenolol)
  • Those that rid your body of sodium and water (diuretics, such as hydrochlorothiazide),
  • Those that alleviate allergy symptoms (antihistamines),
  • Those that calm you (tranquilizers, such as phenothiazines, butyrophenones and thioxanthenes
  • Check with your doctor

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