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Dr. Peter House

Dr. Peter House

MD, Family Practice
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How can a heart stress test diagnose heart disease?

A:

When you have ischemic heart disease, there is reduced blood flow to the heart, which results in a lack of oxygen getting to the heart muscle. This can lead to a heart attack. The reduced blood flow is often caused by narrowing of the arteries that carry the blood, or blockages that form from plaque build-up. During a cardiac stress test we are stressing the heart with exercise, and the pattern of your heart rhythm can reveal evidence of blockages or reduced blood flow.

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What is a Heart Stress Test?

Dr. Heather Jenkins

Dr. Heather Jenkins

MD, CCFP
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Telling your employer you're pregnant.

A:

Part of the planning of being pregnant is also looking ahead to your responsibilities around your work, and your worksite obligations. Common challenges that women have when they’re trying to make decisions about telling their employers about their pregnancy often hinge around when’s a safe time to tell them.

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Telling Your Employer You're Pregnant

Dr. Jason Rivers

Dr. Jason Rivers

MD, FRCPC,
Dermatologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How can I tell if my skin has sun damage?

A:

Sun damage will cause changes in the look and feel of your skin, so this is usually the first sign to watch for. You might notice brown spots developing on your skin, and your skin may look more wrinkly than normal. You may also feel changes in the texture of your skin, and it might be thicker and feel more rough. If you notice these types of changes, you should address them with your family physician.

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Skin Sun Damage Symptoms & Treatments