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Disorders Related to Heat Waves 

Disorders Related to Heat Waves
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Disorders Related to Heat Waves
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Rupa Basu

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190202453.003.0005
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date: 07 April 2020

Heat waves cause significant mortality around the world. Deaths stem from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, kidney disease, diabetes, and conditions that impair thermoregulation or behavioral response to excess heat. Elderly people are generally more vulnerable to the effects of heat waves. This chapter provides detail on recent heat waves in the United States (Chicago and California), Australia, China, and several countries in Europe. Heat response plans and heat early-warning systems can help reduce morbidity and mortality from heat waves but need to be tailored to local community demographics. Urban design can also play a role in reducing the urban heat island effect. This chapter also contains a textbox on social dimensions of heat waves.

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