Explainer: What is heat stroke? It has taken the lives of 56 people so far!


What is Heat Stroke: In 2024, the temperature of summer has reached its peak and it becomes challenging for humans to survive. As a result, so far 56 people have died due to heat stroke in India. This includes the 20-year-old son of Jabalpur Collector Deepak Saxena. In such a situation, what is heat stroke? It is very important to understand it in detail. 


Looking at the increasing heat in India, it would not be wrong to say that the sun is spewing fire. The worrying thing is that people are not only getting sick due to this heat but the number of deaths is also increasing continuously. According to the data of the Union Health Ministry, 56 deaths have been recorded out of 24,849 cases of heat stroke in the country between March and May. According to the data collected by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), 46 of these deaths have been recorded in May alone. Let us tell you that in the last 24 hours in Odisha, 26 people have died due to heat stroke. According to the Times of India, about 200 deaths have occurred in India so far due to heat stroke. This is a frightening figure.  

The heat wave is not the only thing that is bothered by the section of society that is forced to work in the scorching sun all day. Recently, the news of the death of Amol Saxena, the 20-year-old son of Deepak Saxena, collector of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, due to a heat wave has also come to light. However, there is no official information about the death of Amol Saxena. The cause of death will be clear only after the post-mortem report comes. However, according to the information received, Amol Saxena was ill due to a heat stroke, after which he died a few days later. However, till now heat stroke was considered a very minor thing. But now taking its seriousness lightly can result in death. In such a situation, with the help of this article, you can know all the information related to heat stroke in detail.

what is heat stroke

According to the CDC, heat stroke, also known as sunstroke, is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body cannot regulate its temperature. In this, the body temperature rises rapidly, and is unable to cool down due to a lack of sweating. When heat stroke occurs, the body temperature can rise to 106 degrees Fahrenheit or higher within 10 to 15 minutes.

signs of heat stroke

Confusion, altered mental status, unclear speech Fainting 


Dry skin or excessive sweating



heat Dizziness or headache

Muscle weakness or cramps

Nausea or vomiting

Rapid breathing

Increased heartbeat

These people are at highest risk of heat stroke

The elderly, small children, pregnant women, and obese people are at a higher risk of heat stroke. People suffering from heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory diseases are also at a higher risk of heat stroke. Apart from this, people who stay in the hot sun for 6-7 hours are most likely to suffer from heat stroke.

Heat Stroke Treatment 

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know shows symptoms of heat stroke, immediately call 108 or go to a nearby hospital. But until the patient reaches the hospital, keep him in a cool place. If possible, bathe the patient with cold water or wipe the body with ice water. Along with this, keep fanning the patient continuously. 

How long does it take to recover from heat stroke?

Recovery time from heat stroke can vary for everyone. Usually, if a person gets timely treatment, he recovers after staying in the hospital for 1-2 days. But in case of serious condition, complete recovery can take about 2 months to one year.

When does heat stroke become fatal?

According to WHO, heat stroke causes severe dehydration in the body. Due to this blood is not able to reach the body parts including the brain properly due to the thickening of the blood, and the risk of life-threatening conditions like stroke or brain attack increases. 

How to prevent heat stroke

To avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of water and fluids throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty. Wear cool clothes, stay in the shade, and use air conditioning or a fan. Avoid going outside during the afternoon, when the sun is strongest. Avoid drugs and alcohol, which can dehydrate the body. Regular exercise helps the body tolerate heat better. Also, never leave children and pets alone in the car, even if the windows are open.

Disclaimer: Dear reader, thank you for reading this news. This news has been written only to make you aware. We have taken the help of home remedies and general information in writing this. If you read anything related to your health anywhere, then definitely consult a doctor before adopting it.