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Special Report -- How Extreme Heat Affects Your Body

Did you know about 170 people in the United States die each year from extreme heat? In a special Hooked on Science report I teamed up with the Cape Girardeau Private Ambulance Service to show you what happens to your body when Mother Nature turns up the heat. With emergency officials at hand, I recently sat in a hot car for 10 minutes. A paramedic checked my heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure before and after sitting in the scorching heat. The results, my blood pressure increased from 141/99 to 143/98, my heart rate increased from 94 to 98, and my body temperature increased from 98.5 to 98.8. Bottom line, the heat can quickly play a big impact on your health. This is an important reminder why you should NEVER leave a child or a pet in a hot car, even for a just a few minutes. Are you looking for some hot summer science experiments for the kids? If so go to http://www.hookedonscience.org for these experiments and others that might get you and your family "Hooked on Science."
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