Managing epilepsy in a heatwave – Epilepsy Society

Last year we carried out a survey* that showed that 62 per cent of people with uncontrolled seizures experience an increase in their seizure activity during unusually hot weather.

More than 1,000 people responded to our survey, including 969 people whose epilepsy does not respond to current treatments. A total of 598 of this group said that they experienced a change in their seizure activity during very hot weather. This included an increase in frequency, severity or a ‘breakthrough’ seizure, even when they considered their epilepsy to be generally well controlled.

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