Hyponatremic Tragedy

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On Your Marks! Get Set! Collapse! It was not a stroll in the park that had Cynthia Lucero dead. Nor was it a jog through town. A condition that may not be widely recognized as a health concern is just what had caused the death of twenty eight year old Cynthia Lucero. Hyponatremic encephalopathy may be a condition not as well known among people. However, that was not the case for Cynthia Lucero; it was the condition that had her dead. According to Stephen Smith, hyponatremic encephalopathy is due to a critical imbalance of sodium which causes the brain to become swollen. Fortunately, only two runners, Cynthia Luecero being one has died from this condition in a one hundred and six year history of the race. Dr. Arthur J. Siegel of McLean Hospital…show more content…
A physician from Costa Mesa, California said, “Most people assume that their bodies will warn them before they become dehydrated, usually by intense thirst. Unfortunately, that signal can be masked. Often when a person loses fluid quickly, the normal thirst mechanism is overwhelmed, and dehydration or heat stroke can set it with little or no warning” (Dehydration: Curse of) Like hyponatremia, dehydration is also a common problem among runners. However, drinking less is safer than drinking more. “Most emergency physicians assume a runner or a cyclist who gets a little goofy is dehydrayted and needs more water or [sugar}, but in the process you can treat them to death,” says Carl Foster, PhD. “If you leave them alone their kidneys will sort things out (MacReady 1). Dehydration may result rapidly from exercise and sweating because large percentages of fluid are loss during these periods. In the warmest race ever since 1987, the 2004 Boston Marathon had more than 1,100 runners suffering from dehydration, heat ailments, and other medial problems (DeMarco, Smith 1). “By 7 p.m., Newton-Wellesley had treated 72 runners, mainly for dehydration” (DeMarco, Smith 1). All runners seemed to be on the same boat, suffering from dehydration “ ‘It was too hot.’ Said Komen, who spent about and hour getting treatment for dehydration” (DeMarco, Smith 1). Some common symptoms of heat exhaustion may include nausea, fatigue, exhaustion, lightheadedness and possibly heat cramps. In severe instances the athlete may suffer from heat stroke, which may become deadly (Dehydration: Curse of). “New research on athletes’ perceptions of sweat loss and fluid consumption shows ho critical it is for active people to drink on a schedule to prevent dehydration” (Quinn 1). “The study, conducted by scientists at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute...looked at how accurately athletes could estimate their sweat losses

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