Impromptu ice bath helpful for exercise-induced heat stroke

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“Exertional heat stroke is potentially fatal,” said senior author Brendon McDermott, of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. “It’s probably not 100 percent preventable, but with effective recognition and treatment it’s 100 percent survivable and TACO represents one method that can be used as effective treatment for that individual.”

Exertional heat stroke occurs when a person’s body temperature rises through activities like working in the sun or running on a hot day, McDermott told Reuters Health.

The body’s cells begin to die when a person’s temperature reaches 104 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit (about 40 degrees Celsius), he said. “Without effective treatment,” he added, “you will have multiple organs that fail and that’s what leads to the demise afterward.”

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