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Portland doctors preparing for increase in heat-related illnesses

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Triple-digit weather is not only uncomfortable, but medical experts say it can be deadly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 620 people die each year from heat-related complications.

Ahead of 100+ degree weather, local emergency room doctors told FOX 12 they are expecting to see more patients this week for heat-related illnesses and are also urging people to be proactive and stay cool and safe.

Children and the elderly are more at risk for heat-related illnesses and should be checked on more frequently, according to Providence St. Vincent Medical Director Dr. Raymond Moreno.

The elderly are often at greater risk because they may be on medications that make them more susceptible to heat illness. Older patients also may have memory problems that prevent them from taking extra time to keep hydrated or stay out of the sun.

People can help keep others safe and feeling well by watching for symptoms of heat sickness, like feeling nauseous, faint or dizzy, sweating profusely or not at all or having a faint or rapid pulse.

Moreno offer said there are a few easy tips to follow to beat the heat.

“If you can, stay inside. If you’re outside, stay out of the sun and stay in the shade,” he suggested. “Another thing is staying hydrated. I think if you can do those three things, that will help.”

It’s also important to never leave pets or children in a car, as temperatures inside can reach deadly temperatures within just a few minutes.

For those without a way to cool off in their home, there are cooling centers across the metro area that are now offering extended hours.

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