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Dr. Kevin Pistawka

Dr. Kevin Pistawka

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

What does a pacemaker do?

A:

A pacemaker provides an electrical signal to the heart when it detects the heart rate is too low, causing the heart rate to rise to a normal level. The pacemaker also improves upon certain symptoms that people with low heart rates may be experiencing, like blackouts/fainting, breathlessness and fatigue.

pace maker

What is a Pacemaker?

Dr. Kam Shojania

Dr. Kam Shojania

MD, FRCPC
Rheumatologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Would my gout benefit from a steroid injection?

A:

If you are having an acute and severe attack of gout, your doctor may recommend a steroid injection. The needle can be inserted right into the joint to get the steroid into the affected area and can help provide relief of your gout attack without oral medications.

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What is the Treatment for Gout

Dr. Duncan Miller

Dr. Duncan Miller

MD
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How can I lower my risk of cervical cancer?

A:

There are a few precautions you can take to help lower your risk of developing cervical cancer. There is a vaccination against the virus that causes cervical cancer (HPV) which can be given to preteens (as we want to give it before they become sexually active). If you smoke, you should consider stopping as it can lead to the growth of abnormal cells in your cervix.

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Cervical Cancer in Women