Can you die from heatstroke?

date_range 15-May-2023
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An overheated body brings on the condition of heat exhaustion. A fast pulse and profuse sweating are possible symptoms. One of three disorders brought on by excessive heat, with heat cramps being the least dangerous and heatstroke being the most serious, is heat exhaustion.


Heat exhaustion symptoms can appear quickly or develop gradually, especially after intense exertion. The following signs of heat exhaustion may occur: 

  • Excessive sweating
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • A drop in blood pressure after standing
  • Leg cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headache

Other causes of heat exhaustion, besides hot weather and physical exercise, include: 

  • Dehydration, which reduces your body's capacity to sweat and maintain a normal temperature.
  • Overdressing, especially when wearing clothing that makes it difficult for sweating to drain away.

Heatstroke can result from heat exhaustion if it is not taken care of. It is a life-threatening condition. Your body's core temperature must be at least 104 F (40 C) for it to occur. If not treated, it can lead to brain and other essential organ damage that might cause death.

Source: Mayo Clinic