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Dr. Brett Heilbron

Dr. Brett Heilbron

MD, FRCPC
Cardiologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How can I lower my cholesterol?

A:

Medications are often prescribed to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in high-risk people. These drugs (called statins) have been shown to lower risk of cardiovascular events (heart attack, stroke, death) by approximately 30% over a 5-year period. Certain lifestyle measures, including diet and activity, can also positively impact bad cholesterol levels in the blood.

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Ms. Cecilia Hamming

Ms. Cecilia Hamming

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

What is the difference between a basal infusion and a bolus infusion?

A:

Some people with diabetes wear insulin pumps to help them get their daily insulin. There are 2 ways the insulin is delivered to the body by the insulin pump. A basal infusion means that there is a continuous amount of insulin that is being released into the body around the clock. You can think of a bolus infusion as an injection of a certain amount of insulin that is delivered when needed. Most diabetics need some extra insulin around meal time or exercise, and this is what a bolus infusion is.

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Dr. Kam Shojania

Dr. Kam Shojania

MD, FRCPC
Rheumatologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What are the treatment options for gout?

A:

There are several treatments for gout, and it depends on whether you are having an acute attack of gout, or your doctor is looking to prevent gout from recurring. Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication or medication to lower the amount of uric acid in your body.

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