What's Going Around

We start in Lansing, where Dr. Earl Reisdorff at Ingham Regional Medical Center is treating viral gastroenteritis.

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps are the symptoms.

To treat gastroenteritis, drink plenty of clear fluids and get a lot of rest.

People generally don't need medical treatment, but you do need to see a doctor if you get severely dehydrated.

Dr. Reisdorff and other doctors at Ingham Regional are also seeing an uptick in heart attacks.

Chest pain or pressure, tightness, squeezing, burning, aching or heaviness in the chest lasting longer than 10 minutes are signs of a heart attack. So are shortness of breath, profuse sweating, dizziness, muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting, a choking sensation or a feeling of impending doom.

If you think you're having a heart attack, seek medical help immediately.

Start chewing an aspirin at the onset of symptoms, as you head to the emergency room. Be sure to tell the E.R. if you have done so.

December and January are the deadliest months for heart attack. Cold weather constricts the blood vessels, increasing the risk. Add that to snow shoveling exertion, and the heart can be in trouble, especially for people in high risk groups.

Dr. Bernice Pritchett at Allegiance Family Medicine in Jackson is seeing a huge drop in patients presenting flu-like symptoms. She is also reporting patients still coming in to get the seasonal flu and swine flu shots.


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