ATLANTA -- As temperatures remain in the mid-90s across Atlanta, it's important to remember that the heat can have serious health effects.
Dr. Leon Haley, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Grady Hospital, said the heat can strike in four ways: sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Sunburn is generally the first step, followed by heat cramps or dehydration.
"Their body is responding to it by getting a little dry," Dr. Haley said. "Their muscles begin to ache."
More serious is heat exhaustion, which usually manifests itself in patients with existing health conditions like heart disease or diabetes. Their illnesses become more pronounced and symptoms include chest pain, difficulty breathing and irregular blood sugar levels.
Heat stroke is the most severe condition.