Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F. Hypothermia (hi-poe-THUR-me-uh) occurs as your body temperature passes below 95 F.
When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can't work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and to death.
Hypothermia is most often caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in a cold body of water. Primary treatments for hypothermia are methods to warm the body back to a normal temperature.
Dr. Lee Norman, Chief Medical Officer at The University of Kansas Hospital, talks about what it is, the symptoms, how to treat it and why drinking water is so important, especially in the winter.