Experts offer tips to avoid heat-related illnesses

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Medical experts are offering tips to avoid heat-related illnesses as temperatures spike going into summer.

Doctors at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn say many people assume they can perform the same daily activities they enjoy such as exercise in the heat, but they really must be cautious.

Children and senior citizens are most at risk because their bodies do not release heat as well.

Dr. John Marshall, chairman of the hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine, explains that the main illnesses to watch out for are heat cramps, which happen when your body does not get enough liquids. The second, he says, is heat exhaustion, which is sweating along with feeling nauseous and dizzy.

The most dangerous is heat stroke, which causes a person to pass out.

A cold beer or caffeinated drinks are also poor choices in high heat. Marshall recommends going into the shade and sipping on something cool like water.

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