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Dr. Frank Halperin

Dr. Frank Halperin

MD, FRCPC, FACC
Cardiologist
Kelowna, BC
Q:

How successful is ablation in treating atrial fibrillation?

A:

Ablation procedures are successful approximately 75% of the time (3 out of 4 patients, on average). Ablation can cause some complications, and should be carefully reviewed with your physician to determine if you are a candidate for this type of therapy.

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Atrial Fibrillation and Ablation Therapy

Ms. Pamela Luehr

Ms. Pamela Luehr

BSN, CCNC, Cardiovascular Nurse
Nurse
Kelowna, BC
Q:

Can I exercise with heart failure?

A:

It is very important to you do remain active if you have heart failure. Regular activity can improve on your sleep, make you feel better and improve on your breathlessness. Obviously, with heart failure it is essential that you understand the amount and types of activity that are safe for you. You can speak with your cardiologist or consult with a certified exercise specialist on including activity as part of your cardiac rehab plan.

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Activity Plan for Heart Failure Patients

Dr. John Wade

Dr. John Wade

MD, FRCPC
Rheumatologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How do calcium needs differ between adolescents and adults?

A:

One of the major functions of calcium is to promote strong bones and muscles. Since children adolescents are growing and developing rapidly, they require more calcium to promote strong bones as their skeleton is forming. For adults, we require calcium to maintain the bone strength we have, and to prevent bone loss. You can ask your family physician if you are getting enough calcium.

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Benefits of Calcium Supplements