Heat-Related Illness: Knowing the Signs

As temperatures rise, the newly formed federal Office of Climate Change and Health Equity is tracking areas of the country expected to experience a high number of extremely hot days over the next few months.  The health impacts of a heatwave like the one that hit states in the Northwest last summer, go beyond dehydration and heat stroke to include: increased hospitalizations for heart disease, worsening asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and even an increase in violence, crime, and suicide.  Last month, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services awarded $385 million to help households lower cooling and heating costs.  Learn more online about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.