Providence Hospital looks to prevent growing numbers of strokes and heart attacks

Providence Hospital, (KTVL/Megan Allison)

MEDFORD -- Emergency doctors at Providence Medford Medical Center say strokes and heart attacks are on the rise, with obesity and diabetes to blame.

The hospital is hosting a lecture series at the end of the month, but in the meantime they want patients to be aware.

For men, heart attack symptoms are largely chest pain and difficulty breathing. Women tend to have just weakness and nausea, which is more difficult to recognize.

Across the board for stroke the key symptoms are balance issues, eye problems, asymmetry in the face, arm weakness, and slurred speech.

"Most Americans understand that heart attacks are really serious. But most Americans don't understand that a stroke is just as important and time matters. There are critical therapies we have here at Providence Hospital that we can do but they're time sensitive," Dr. Cory Bergey said.

If patients have heart attack symptoms, doctors recommend taking one aspirin or four baby aspirin to minimize risk until medical care is available. If there is any risk of stroke or heart attack, seek out that medical care as quickly as possible.

The lecture series on preventative measures through Providence is at 5:00 pm at the Eagle Point Community Center on September 25th.

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