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How to protect yourself from the health risks of high temperatures as ‘heat dome’ heads east

A Canadian Tire store in Vancouver posted a sign advising customers it was sold out of air conditioning units and fans on Monday amid the 'heat dome' that's breaking weather records. (Photo credit: CBC News)
A Canadian Tire store in Vancouver posted a sign advising customers it was sold out of air conditioning units and fans on Monday amid the 'heat dome' that's breaking weather records. (Photo credit: CBC News)

Vomiting, feeling light-headed can be signs of heat-related illness requiring medical care

As extreme heat warnings remain in place over much of Western Canada and the unprecedented weather moves east, experts warn many Canadians’ health could be at risk from the spike in temperatures. 

Speaking to The National, Vancouver emergency room physician Dr. Daniel Kalla said he’s recently seen more patients coming in with heat-related symptoms “more than ever before” in his career.

Some were suffering from heat exhaustion and coping with symptoms like light-headedness, while others, he said, were seriously ill with heat stroke.

“People who are older, people who are on certain medications, substance users — are really at high risk,” Kalla said. “Their themo-regulatory systems just don’t work as well.”

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