Heat Waves Impact Older Americans More Than Expected with Several Serious Disorders

December 24, 2014 3:41 PM

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Heat waves may be more dangerous than you think. Scientists have identified a handful of potentially serious disorders, including fluid and electrolyte disorders, renal failure, urinary tract infections, sepsis and heat stroke that put older patients at an increased risk of winding up in the hospital during heat waves.

It's well-known that heat waves pose a health risk to older individuals. Previous studies, though, had only investigated a small number of heat-related health outcomes. In this case, the scientists decided to take their studies one step further.

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