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Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke

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Pasadena and much of Southern California experienced a Heat Advisory this weekend and summer is far from over! In my first post, I want to focus on awareness for Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke and determining their symptoms.

First of all, it is very important to know the difference between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. Both can lead to serious illness, or even death, and the information below will help you recognize the symptoms.


Pasadena weather forecastWhen the body is exposed to extreme heat temperatures (often combined with physical exertion), the body may become severely overheated and dehydrated. Because of the loss of body fluids, body temperature will rise. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Confusion
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

Cooling the body is the main way to treat heat exhaustion. Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic), that are low in sodium and caffeine. Remove any heavy or unnecessary clothing. Cool the skin with cool water from the shower or sponge baths. Avoid using quick/extreme cooling methods like ice, air conditioners or fans. If body temperature hasn’t reduced in 20-30 min please seek medical help or call 911 immediately!


Heat Stroke, or Sun Stroke, is bit more serious than Heat Exhaustion. The body becomes overheated to extreme temperatures, and the body no longer has the ability to cool itself. The section of the brain that controls body temperature has become damaged. Body temperatures have usually risen to 105° F or more and there is damage to internal organs. Symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Fatigue
  • Hot, flushed, dry skin
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Decreased sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased urination
  • Blood in urine or stool
  • Increased body temperature (104° F to 106° F)
  • Confusion, delirium, or loss of consciousness
  • Convulsions

Heat Stroke may happen suddenly, without any warning, and Heat Exhaustion may not happen first. If anyone shows symptoms of Heat Stroke call 911 IMMEDIATELY!!!!

It is important to take preventative measures when there are higher heat indexes, even if you are not directly exposed to the sun. Being indoors with fans or air conditioning does not protect from dehydration! Please take all precautions to keep yourself hydrated with water. Low sodium sports drinks are okay as well. Avoid overexertion and maintain regular, healthy meals. More great information is available from the CDC.

Another Reason to Become a PRA Member

Membership has it’s privileges and the Board of Directors just added another benefit for PRA members. Free Saturday Returning Archery Classes! Preregistration is still required for all returning archers so members will need to enter a coupon code when they register to have the $10.00 fee waived. Coupon codes will be emailed to all current members. Please bring your 2022 membership card with you to present at checkin.

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Historic Range Celebration: November 20, 2021

Everyone is invited to celebrate with us, as we commemorate the Lower Arroyo Archery Range being added to the National Register of Historic Places as a National Landmark, right here in Pasadena.  If you are a Pasadena Roving Archers Member, please sport your PRA gear at the event.  

  • It takes place on Saturday, November 20th, from 1-3pm at the Lower Arroyo Archery Range, Main Range.  The approximate address is: 415 South Arroyo, in Pasadena, CA 
  • We abide by Pasadena and CDC Covid Guidelines.  Mask wearing is recommended for all who attend. 

Please refer to the accompanying Press Release for further details.