If You’re In One Of These Groups, You’re More Vulnerable To The Heat

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While anyone can fall victim to the impact of high temperatures, certain segments of the population are at a significantly higher risk. So if you’re in any of the following groups, be sure to take extra precautions when facing the heat.

Chronically ill

The effects of hot weather can make existing health conditions even worse. Folks with diseases of the heart, liver, and lung are at risk — and those with kidney ailments are particularly vulnerable.

Most people with chronic kidney disease don’t know they have it, but some of the risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, family history, and extended use of pain relievers.


Expectant mothers and their developing fetuses are especially susceptible to the impact of heat. It can restrict blood flow, lead to birth defects, and even result in preterm labor in some cases.

The risk increases as a pregnancy advances, so those in the third trimester should avoid exposure to extreme heat.


High temperatures have the ability to negatively interfere with medications of various types. In turn, certain medications can make people especially vulnerable to the health risks associated with extreme heat.

One of the most prominent results can be a reduced ability to think clearly and focus, and these issues can be even more acute for those with mental health concerns.

Certain medications for allergies, migraines, depression, and other issues can reduce the body’s ability to produce sweat, which is a major factor in overheating.

The elderly

Those over the age of 70 are at an elevated risk of experiencing health problems like heat exhaustion and heat stroke in temperatures above 80 degrees.

At the other end of the spectrum, children — who often spend longer outdoors and engage in more physical activities — can also be vulnerable.

Chris Agee
Chris Agee August 15th, 2023
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