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Heat Wave On The Way: Health Experts Warn To Be Prepared

By Christy Andrews
Published On: Jun 27 2012 05:30:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 27 2012 08:21:23 PM CDT
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CRAVEN COUNTY, NC -

Record breaking heat is on the way to Eastern North Carolina, with temperatures expected to reach triple digits by the end of the week.


But if you plan to be outside, health officials warn to be prepared, because heat stroke and dehydration can set in quickly.


“The hotter it is, the more you sweat,” Carolina East Medical Center Dr. David Dibble, said. “The more you sweat, the more fluids you lose.”


Dr. Dibble said once the temperature reaches 90 degrees, any kind of physical activity could be dangerous to your health.


“Your blood is mostly water, and the thicker it gets, the worse you’re going to feel.” He said. “It’s the way you get oxygen and energy.”


The symptoms of heat exhaustion include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.


Officials warn to drink plenty of water, and if possible, stay out of the sun.