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Dr. Brett Heilbron

Dr. Brett Heilbron

MD, FRCPC
Cardiologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Why does heart disease risk increase with age?

A:

The risk of heart disease increases as our bodies age, primarily due to changes in the blood vessels which make the heart work harder. As we age and our arteries begin to harden, the heart has to compensate for this by pumping harder which can cause increased blood pressureĀ and increase the chance of developing heart disease. See your family physician for regular check-ups to ensure you understand your heart disease risk status.

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Age-Related Heart Disease Risk - St Paul's Hospital

Dr. Guy Fradet

Dr. Guy Fradet

MD, FACS, FRCSC
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Kelowna, BC
Q:

What are the advantages of valve replacement done with a catheter?

A:

The main advantages to valve replacement done by catheter is the hospital stay is generally shorter, the recovery is typically faster, and there is less risk of bleeding. The procedure brings a lower risk of infection as well since the chest wall is not opened, as in traditional valve replacement surgery. Your surgeon will review with you the surgical options for your valve replacement procedure.

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TAVI Catheter Valve Replacement - Kelowna Hospital

Dr. Richard Bebb

Dr. Richard Bebb

MD, ABIM, FRCPC
Endocrinologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Why are diabetes rates rising?

A:

We are seeing more and more people diagnosed with diabetes, and it has a lot to do with today's lifestyle. Children are sitting around more rather than being active outdoors, and this leads to higher obesity rates among younger people. We are also eating less nutritious foods, which adds to the risk of diabetes. As important as it is to recognize signs of diabetes in adults, we should be looking closely at the lifestyle patterns of children to protect them from developing diabetes at their young age.

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How Health and Lifestyle Can Influence Type 2 Diabetes