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Dr. Brett Heilbron

Dr. Brett Heilbron

MD, FRCPC
Cardiologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What are the risks of high blood pressure?

A:

If high blood pressure is causing the heart to work harder, you can imagine that this will affect the heart over time. Permanent damage can be caused to the walls of your arteries, and uncontrolled blood pressure can contribute to the build-up of plaque in the arteries which narrows (and may block) the blood vessels. This can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

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Lowering High Blood Pressure

Dr. Graham Wong

Dr. Graham Wong

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

Can my pacemaker fail?

A:

A pacemaker is a mechanical device however have a low failure rate. It is important to visit the pacemaker clinic as recommended by your physician in order to monitor your pacemaker device. The function of your pacemaker and its battery life will also be monitored.

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How Dependable is a Pacemaker?

Dr. Alastair Younger

Dr. Alastair Younger

MB, Ch.B, M.Sc, Ch.M, F.R.C.S.(C), Foot and Ankle
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How is a bunion treated?

A:

The first line of defence in treating a bunion will likely be changing the shoes you are wearing to avoid placing more stress and pressure on the bunion. If this is not successful in relieving your pain, your doctor may refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon to discuss surgical options for addressing the bunion.

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How an Orthopaedic Surgeon Can Help You With Foot Pain and Bunions