Area Emergency Rooms Get Busier With Heat-Related Ailments

Jun 24, 2013

Area emergency rooms and paramedics are getting a little busier with calls related to the hot, muggy weather this week.

At Rochester General Hospital, Dr. Bryan Gargano, who is medical director at the E-R, says the first big heat wave of the season often causes problems, partly because people spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the warmer temperatures.

He says RGH has already seen an increase in the number of people coming to the emergency room in recent days, especially people who do a lot of work outdoors such as roofers and road construction crews.

Gargano says early symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, muscle cramps and headaches. If that happens, he says get to a cool place and make sure you're drinking plenty of water. But if you get to the point where you stop sweating and become disoriented, you may need to go to the hospital because you could be suffering from heat stroke.