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Know the Signs of a Stroke

Recognizing the signs and immediately calling emergency services increases the chances of a successful recovery.


Diabetes and Your Heart

Diabetes and heart disease are more connected than you might think. A person with diabetes is twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared to someone who doesn't. That's because high blood sugar can damage the blood vessels and nerves around your heart.


The Heart of the Matter: Prioritizing Cardiovascular Health

Cardiologist Michael Gardner, MD, works with patients across the range of heart disease in the communities of Tillamook, Portland and the Columbia Gorge. Dr. Gardner chose this field because heart disease is very common, but treatments are rapidly improving. He believes he can help people live longer, healthier lives through prevention and treatment.


Art for the Heart Exhibition: A Fusion of Art and Heart Health Awareness

The exhibition, opening on Sunday, February 4, will highlight an impressive array of mediums, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, photography, clay, woodburning, felting and digital art. It is a testament to the diverse talents of our local artists and their dedication to supporting heart health awareness.


Saved by a Stranger: Mystery bystander saves a life with CPR

It’s a crisp Monday morning in Gresham, Oregon, and the sun has yet to crest the horizon. James Munson, 42, heads out the door, hops on his bike and starts his daily 7-mile ride to work. Along the Springwater Corridor Trail he rides, flanked by damp ferns, quiet woods, sleepy creatures, and the stillness of dawn.