HEAT WAVE: Understanding how heat affects the body

Vale city worker Eric Goodell trims the grass around the trees at Lewin City Park on a hot June afternoon. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

When the conditions are as extreme as those in the forecast for Malheur County, the  body can quickly become dehydrated, losing its natural ability to cool down and setting up potential heat illnesses, according to medical authorities.

“Heat related illness is something that we deal with on a regular basis throughout the summer,” said Dr. Daniel Bridger, urgent care medical director for Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Ontario. “With the temperatures over the next few weeks, we will be very cognizant of that and ready for any increase in patient volume that we may see related to heat related illnesses.”

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