Studies have revealed that heat waves may lead to more frequent trips to hospitals amongst senior citizens. While heat can account for kidney failure, heat stroke, urinary tract infections and numerous other health problems among the masses but these also strike senior citizens very hard as well. Annually almost 10,000 people in America die because of weather driven influences and out of those around one-third of the fatalities result due to heat.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC released a report in July 2014 which indicates that seniors were highly prone to develop health problems that were instigated by high temperatures. Minorities and poor Americans along with senior citizens living over the age of 75 were extremely susceptible to these often fatal dangers.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health looked at hospitalization records of 23.7 million people who received medical care between the years 1990 and 2010. This data was then matched up with temperature records so that to confirm that whether a correlation existed between heat-related health emergencies and extreme temperatures.
Results showed that seniors were 2.5 times at a greater risk to be admitted to health care centers due to heat strokes on hot days then when temperatures were about average. Although the aforementioned result may not be surprising, investigators also found other disorders became more common in seniors when temperatures spiked. Fluid and electrolyte imbalances accounted for 18 percent of admissions, followed by 14 percent with kidney problems.
Urinary tract infections accounted for one in ten admissions to health care centers, while sepsis was diagnosed in six percent of patients.