How dangerous are Heatstrokes?

Heatstroke is always considered a serious medical emergency and must be promptly and aggressively treated.

Heatstroke generally has an abrupt onset, though it may be preceded by headache and fatigue.

The victim does not sweat, and the skin is hot, red, and dry. The pulse is rapid and may reach as high as 160 beats per minute.

Body temperature can reach as high as 104 to 106° F (40 to 41° C), leading to a breakdown of muscle tissue.

The individual should be wrapped in wet bedding or clothing and transported immediately to an emergency room.