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Dr. Brett Heilbron

Dr. Brett Heilbron

MD, FRCPC
Cardiologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Is it safe for me to play hockey?

A:

There are many middle-aged men who enjoy recreational hockey in their spare time, and this has contributed to the term "weekend warrior" (those that sit behind a desk most of the day and then play strenuous sports). It is important to understand that hockey does place a strain on the heart, and to know your risk factors to determine if that adult hockey league is a smart choice for you. Visit your physician to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels as part of your healthy heart check-up.

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Hockey and Cardiovascular Health

Dr. Pamela Squire

Dr. Pamela Squire

Pain Expert
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

What is chronic pain?

A:

Chronic pain is a fairly subjective type of pain. The loose definition of chronic pain is pain that has lasted for longer than three months, and often people find that their pain is interfering with their regular lifestyle and daily activities. If you think you might have chronic pain, you should speak with your doctor about your symptoms.

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What is Chronic Pain?

Dr. Ramesh Sahjpaul

Dr. Ramesh Sahjpaul

MD, MSc, FRCSC
Neurosurgeon
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Do I need to see a doctor for my back pain?

A:

If you have back pain, and it is lasting longer than a few weeks despite any treatment you are using at home, it may be a good idea to see your doctor. If the pain is disrupting your daily activities or your sleep at night, and you are having other symptoms like numbness or tingling in your legs, your doctor can assess this and help you determine the best treatment for your back.

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When Should You See a Doctor for Back Pain?