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Heat blamed for death of one man in Las Vegas

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Updated: 7/01/2013 7:10 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV --The heat has already taken a deadly toll. First responders say they received a call Saturday afternoon about a man suffering from cardiac arrest. When paramedics arrived the man was dead. They say that the air conditioner was not working in the home.

If you have to be outside try to seek shade, and drink lots of water. This heat soaks up fluids quickly. Don't mess around with this extreme heat. Twenty-eight heat-related calls into early Saturday evening, including the one where the man died.

The heat is becoming nearly unbearable. Yet people in Las Vegas still made they way outside even as temps soared well above 100, and that was Saturday morning.

"It feels like hell warmed over. It's really hot," said one woman.

"Hot, hot, hot, yeah today is not the day to be out on the Strip, that's for sure," another man said.

The National Weather service has been warning of "life-threatening" temperatures this weekend, close to an all-time record of 117 degrees, and that concerns doctors.

At UMC, they are prepared for patients with heat problems, especially heat stroke. And it doesn't take much to fall prey to the extreme heat.

"Patients who are at most risk are patients who are overweight, patients who do have other health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, they have a harder time cooling themselves and literally it can be a question of minutes in heat like this," said Dr. Nathan Cleveland of UMC.

So how do you know if you are getting into trouble with this extreme heat? Cleveland says there are some early warning signs.

"Just that feeling of lightheadedness or generalized fatigue. If you're starting to feel that, odds are you're already sort of down the path of heat stroke," Cleveland said.

But heat didn't stop fireworks sales. this stand run by Rancho High School kids was open, on top of hot pavement, but teens stayed in the shade and played it cool with a plan to stay cool.

"Right now we have a couple of fans, we have a lot of water, and staying cool, Circle K is right there, go inside and cool off," Devon Berry said.

"Yeah, it's a lot of degrees high, but as long as we got our drinks, our waters, we're good," said Jocelyn Conches.

And that's good advice to keep you away from having to come to the hospital.


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