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Dr. Frank Halperin

Dr. Frank Halperin

MD, FRCPC, FACC
Cardiologist
Kelowna, BC
Q:

What are anticoagulants?

A:

Anticoagulants are a group of medications that are used in the treatment of atrial fibrillation. These drugs work to prevent clotting in the blood, and common anticoagulant medications include Warfarin and Coumadin. There are newer anticoagulants on the market, and you can speak with your physician to determine which anticoagulant is most appropriate for your atrial fibrillation.

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Atrial Fibrillation and the Use of Anticoagulants

Dr. Maziar Badii

Dr. Maziar Badii

MD, FRCP
Rheumatologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Can scoliosis cause more serious health problems?

A:

In many cases, scoliosis remains stable and can simply be observed over time. In others, treatment in the form of pain management, braces or even surgery is required. That being said, scoliosis is not linked to developing heart problems or nerve damage. If you have scoliosis and have concerns about other aspects of your health, speak with your doctor for more information.

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The Symptoms of Scoliosis

Dr. Daniel Ngui

Dr. Daniel Ngui

BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP,
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How do I know if my health issues need complex care?

A:

If you have a chronic illness, your family doctor may invite you and your family to come in for a complex care visit, in order to review your condition and plan for treatment. You can also request complex care from your family doctor if you have a condition such as kidney disease, heart failure, COPD, Alzheimer's Disease, or chronic liver disease. 

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Complex Care Planning with Your Family Doctor