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Dr. Graham Wong

Dr. Graham Wong

MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, Acute Cardiac Care
Cardiologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What lifestyle changes could reduce my risk of a heart attack?

A:

While some risk factors cannot be modified by our actions, there is a group of 9 factors that could contribute to your risk of a heart attack that you can control. These include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, low fruit and vegetable intake, abdominal obesity, stress and alcohol intake. Your physician can help you determine if you current lifestyle patterns are placing you at an increased risk of heart disease.

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Dr. Kevin Pistawka

Dr. Kevin Pistawka

MD,MC, FRCSC,
Cardiologist
Kelowna, BC
Q:

Why do diuretics help heart failure patients?

A:

When people are in heart failure, they usually have a lot of extra water and salt in their body. This causes swelling in their ankles and there can be water in their lungs which makes breathing very difficult. Since the heart is already weakened, causing it to work harder to combat the excess fluid in the body is not ideal. Diuretics can help flush out the extra water and salt and improve quality of life for heart failure patients.

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Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How is low testosterone treated?

A:

Low testosterone can usually be treated easily with prescription testosterone to help restore normal levels. Whether or not your low testosterone is affecting erectile function will determine if other medications are required or not. If you think you may have low testosterone, you can ask your family doctor if a blood test is appropriate to check your levels. 

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