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Ms. Pamela Luehr

Ms. Pamela Luehr

BSN, CCNC, Cardiovascular Nurse
Nurse
Kelowna, BC
Q:

Why do I have to reduce my salt intake if I have heart failure?

A:

One of the biggest side effects of heart failure is an increase in fluid retention in the body. This swelling can lend itself to fluid in the lungs and breathing issues, so reducing fluid retention is an important part of heart failure treatment. Salt can cause increased fluid retention, so it is important to limit the amount of salt you eat daily to offset this. You can learn more about your recommended salt intake from your physician or a dietitian.

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Sodium Reduction in Heart Failure Patients

Ms. Cecilia Hamming

Ms. Cecilia Hamming

RN, BA., Medtronic CPT
Nurse
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How is my insulin pump controlled?

A:

When your insulin pump is being set up for you, your doctor or diabetes nurse will help determine the initial settings based off the insulin you were taking by injections. Then your blood sugar readings will allow your care team to see your daily trends and then the insulin rate on your pump can be adjusted. So this isn't a 'set it and forget it' type of machine, and your pump will require ongoing monitoring.

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How To Adjust and Set Your Insulin Pump

Dr. John Fleetham

Dr. John Fleetham

MD, FRCPC , Asthma Specialist
Respirologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What medications are used to treat asthma?

A:

There are two main types of inhalers used to treat asthma. The first group are called bronchodilators, and they serve to open up the airways in order to allow more air to get into the lungs. The other type of inhalers are anti-inflammories which can have a longer-lasting effect in order to help prevent asthma symptoms.

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Asthma Treatments