Completion Date

6-2018

Advisor(s)

Michael Whitt

Abstract

Exposure to high heat and humidity can lead to serious health risks, including heat stroke and other heat-stress related events. Wet Bulb Globe Temperature has historically been used to predict heat stress events, but individualized factors are not included in the measurement. It has been shown that there is a relationship between cardiovascular measurements and heat stress, which could be used to measure on an individual level. Research has been done to find relationships between cardiovascular metrics in a workplace environment, however the study did not include the use of a controlled environment as a baseline. Our study will provide measurements of TEWL, arterial compliance, heart rate, and blood pressure in a controlled environment when humans are exposed to heat and humidity. Our hypothesis is that an algorithm can be developed based on individualized metrics including TEWL, arterial compliance, blood pressure, heart rate, and other physiological metrics that can serve as a mathematical model to predict heat stress related events.

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