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Prevent heat stroke over hot weekend

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - With triple-digit heat indexes, it may be too much for even those who love the heat.

These kind of temperatures can really be dangerous, but it heat-related illnesses are 100-percent preventable.

With the heat, it could actually be dangerous to be outside too long. More than 600 people in the U.S. die from heat-related illnesses each year.

Although summer days are meant for fun in the sun, staying in the heat to long can lead to life- threatening illnesses like heat stroke. 

The symptoms of heatstroke include altered mental state or behavior, nausea and vomiting, rapid breathing and racing heart rate.

UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Emergency Physician John Goebel urges people to take caution when you're out in heat like this.

“If you must go out in the heat, try to go out in the early morning or late at night. When temperatures aren't as extreme, especially with people with extreme ages. The very old and the very young need to be very careful."

Others at greater risk for heat-related illness include people who are overweight or have existing medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.

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