Man recovering from heat exhaustion tells his story
BATON ROUGE - Keith Broome is all smiles today, but just 24 hours ago he was pretty tense.
"There was fireman and EMS sweating over me," he says.
News 2 was there as emergency workers rushed Broome to the hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion. Broom says he was helping a friend move some things right before it happened.
"The heat kinda overtook me. Got a little dehydrated and passed out and my friends just went nuts," he said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, hundreds of people end up in a hospital for treatment or even die from some sort of heat-related illness every year. Experts say most of those cases could have been prevented.
"Everyone needs to proactively try to prevent a heat stroke," says Dr. Lee Montgomery.
He suggests limiting the amount of time you stay in the heat, and making sure to drink plenty of water or low-sugar sports drinks to help keep you safe.
Dr. Montgomery warns not to take any chances if something seems wrong.
"If someone is having changes, especially changes in thinking, behaving, that's a 911 emergency," he says.
It's an emergency Broome knows about all to well, and says he has no plans on repeating.
"Do it in moderation, take your time. Don't try to get in a rush. And if you're feeling a little weak and faint have yourself a cool drink and relax," he says.
Doctors say some symptoms to look out for are:
* heavy sweating
*extreme weakness or fatigue
*dizziness or confusion
*cramping and nausea