First heat-related death reported to Health Dept.

First heat-related death reported to Health Dept.

The first heat-related death is recorded in Arkansas. Although the Department of Health won't say much about it, they do say, in these temperatures, everyone is subject to heat-related illnesses.

For high school football players at summer football camp, hitting the field in triple digit temperatures is more than just exhausting, it's downright dangerous.

"You can quickly go from heat exhaustion to heat stroke which is a life threatening problem," said Dr. Dirk Haselow with the Dept. Of Health.

With the summer's first heat-related death recorded in Arkansas, doctors at the Department of Health say it's more important than ever to watch out for signs of dehydration.

"We have dramatic restrictions on what we can release in terms of patient information and in this case it's not relevant in that it's hot everywhere in Arkansas," said Dr. Haselow.

Although he won't say much, Dr. Haselow does say even those in the best of shape are subject to heat-related illnesses.

"Even elite athletes who are exerting themselves are at risk and need to pay attention to the heat," he said.

So the Department of Health is warning the entire state to be extremely cautious.

In one half hour, just standing, doctors say we lose one quart of water through sweating. As the heat continues to climb, its becoming even more important to drink as much water as possible.

The first warning signs that something is wrong includes a headache and muscle cramps. If that starts to set in, get inside and drink as much water as you can.

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