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    Consumer Health: Understanding and preventing hypothermia

a cold little boy bundled up in winter clothes with snow fallingHypothermia
With frigid temperatures across much of the country recently, a simple walk outside can be dangerous if you don't take precautions. Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it, causing a dangerously low body temperature. When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can't work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia eventually can lead to complete heart and respiratory system failure, and eventually death. Read about the symptoms of hypothermia and what you can do to prevent this life-threatening condition.


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