Heat stress can manifest in a number of clinical outcomes, ranging from mild heat edema and rash, fainting, heat cramps, to heat exhaustion.
Heat-related cramps, rash, and edema are relatively minor conditions that should be used as warning signs to
immediately remove the affected individual from the exposure.
People with chronic health problems (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity) are more susceptible to the effects of heat.
Increases in the rates of hospital admission for heat stress are one potential impact of rising global temperatures. Tracking these data can help document changes over place and time, monitor vulnerable areas, and evaluate the results of local climate-adaptation strategies.
CT DPH: Illnesses Caused by Heat
CDC: Extreme Heat and Your Health
CDC: Climate and Health Program