Heat stroke can cause several problems including the ones that can last a life time even if you just have the stroke once. American researchers of the Chicago Medical Centre studied 58 subjects who were chosen from nearly 3,000 patients who had heat-related conditions and were admitted to Chicago hospitals in 1995.
All the participants in the research more or less experienced some or all symptoms of heat stroke. Each person was interviewed during their discharge from the hospital, and was asked to return for a followed up interview a year later.
12 participants died during the same year the research was conducted and most of them from that 12 died within the first three months. The remaining survivors who suffered heat stroke earlier had some amount of a brain or nervous system disorder. Approximately half were suffering from kidney related problems and blood clots. Nearly 10 percent of the same group of people experienced some kind of malfunction of the lungs because of inflammation.
A point to be noted is that all the participants of the research had no other physical illness when they were inducted for the research. So, the researchers concluded that all participants were suffering from conditions that were a direct result of the heat stroke.
One of the most significant revelations was that age was not at all a factor for the subjects who died, and this was in spite of knowing that the elderly were generally at a higher risk of getting heat stroke. People who participated in the study ranged from 25 to 95 years in age, and with the average age being around 67.
This research clearly shows that heat stroke has profound long term effects.
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