Valley doctors warn about heat-related illnesses

Jennifer Kastner

Valley doctors warn about heat-related illnesses

CREATED Jun. 30, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas health professionals were busy this weekend caring for patients coming in with heat-related illnesses.

Valley Hospital's emergency room took in more than a dozen symptomatic patients on Sunday afternoon.

"The heat can be deadly," Dr. Timothy VanDuzer told Action News.

On Saturday afternoon, medics found an elderly man dead inside his home. He had reportedly suffered from the heat. Officials said his air conditioning was not working.

Local doctors said it's hard to justify why anyone should be outside right now in the excessive heat.

Dr. VanDuzer said, "You cannot hydrate yourself sufficiently [enough] to be outside for hours at a time with a temperate over 110 degrees. It just doesn't happen."

Despite the serious warning, locals were still out and about on Sunday afternoon.

On Fremont Street, dozens of performers were out in full costume. "Luigi" from Super Mario Brothers told Action News he's been practicing for the summer temperatures. "I took Bikram yoga for a few months so I'm used to sweating."

Many of them say they're well-prepared with plenty of water and Gatorade.