Health Officer Statement on Extreme Heat

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Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health — Seattle & King County, issued the following statement in response to the current extreme heat event in our region: The record-shattering extreme heat we’re experiencing is just the latest example of our climate crisis and how it’s impacting human health now. Extreme heat is the leading […]

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Who is at Risk for a heart attack in the heat?

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Many people don’t know that they are at increased risk for serious health problems like heart attacks, stroke, and kidney failure when the weather heats up. Now is the time to find out if you at higher risk and get ready. If you’re a parent or caregiver, plan ways to keep children, older adults, and […]

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Who is most susceptible to heat? It could be YOU!

Temperatures this week are expected to rise into the low 90s, with some humidity. To my friends in Los Angeles and New Mexico, that’s scarcely hot enough to raise an eyebrow. But here in King County, most people don’t have air conditioning, so our local emergency departments see an uptick of people with serious health […]

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5 reasons why hot weather raises health alarms

Hot weather isn’t just uncomfortable – it can be dangerous. When temperatures are very hot in King County, we see a rise in the number of hospitalizations, Emergency Medical Service calls, and most sadly, deaths. And it’s not just heat stroke and heat exhaustion: heart problems, stroke, and kidney failure are common health problems on […]

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Lessons for the Puget Sound from Chicago’s deadly Heat Wave

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By Ashley Kelmore – Our hotter-than-usual summer in the Pacific Northwest likely won’t reach the extremes of the 1995 Chicago summer heat wave, which killed 733 people. But some of the issues from that catastrophe are relevant to us here and now, and Dr. Eric Klinenberg describes them in his fascinating book Heat Wave.

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