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Dr. Graham Wong

Dr. Graham Wong

MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, Acute Cardiac Care, VGH
Cardiologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

How does a pacemaker work?

A:

A pacemaker is like a tiny computer in your heart. The settings are all entered by your cardiologist and a minimal heart rate will be programmed into the pacemaker. Once implanted, the pacemaker will kick in if your heart rate falls below the programmed minimal heart rate and take over the pacemaking of your heart. If your heart is beating above the minimal heart rate programmed into your pacemaker, the device will stay idle until it is needed again.

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Dr. Karen Nordahl

Dr. Karen Nordahl

MD, Family Practise
Family Doctor
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Why are prenatal blood tests important?

A:

One of the things your healthcare provider is going to do on your very first prenatal visit is a series of standard tests.

They will look at your blood type, whether or not you've been exposed to German measles, whether you have had syphilis in the past, your HIV status as well as what your hemoglobin is, and whether youv'e had certainly sexually transmitted diseases.

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Prenatal Blood Tests

Dr. Kam Shojania

Dr. Kam Shojania

MD, FRCPC
Rheumatologist
Vancouver, BC
Q:

Would my gout benefit from a steroid injection?

A:

If you are having an acute and severe attack of gout, your doctor may recommend a steroid injection. The needle can be inserted right into the joint to get the steroid into the affected area and can help provide relief of your gout attack without oral medications.

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What is the Treatment for Gout

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