What is Heart Failure ?

Broadly speaking, heart failure is the inability of the heart to pump blood and oxygen to our organs and tissues. The heart only does two things: it pumps, and it relaxes. So any dysfunction in the pumping function or the relaxing function can result in heart failure.

Sodium Reduction in Heart Failure Patients

Fluid retention is one of the biggest issues that we have with heart failure patients. And we have the fluid that builds up in our feet, our legs, and our belly. And that makes you feel very full and bloated and uncomfortable, as well as the fluid that builds up in your lungs which makes it difficult for you to breathe.

Heart Failure and Preventing Fluid Retention

In relation to heart functioning, fluid restriction is important, because if you have too much water, it can cause fluid retention. Fluid retention can make it more difficult for you to breathe, and it makes it more difficult for your heart to pump efficiently.

Sometimes the symptoms of worsening fluid retention show up as increased leg swelling, increased belly swelling, or more difficulty breathing. It is recommended that you check your weight every morning. And the best time to do this is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, meaning before you’ve eaten and after you have emptied your bladder.

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Cardiologist : Vancouver

Cardiologist : Vancouver

Dr. Michael Luong is a UBC clinical assistant professor and a member of the UBC Division of Cardiology. He has privileges at St. Paul’s Hospital, Mount St Joseph’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital. He works at the VGH Cardio-Oncology Clinic and Cardiac Function Clinic and also in the Atrial Fibrillation Clinic at SPH.

Cardiologist : Surrey

Cardiologist : Surrey

Dr. Amit Khosla manages heart failure services at Surrey Memorial Hospital and Jim Pattison Outpatient Services Centre. He is also a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia and is involved in the development and delivery of the medical undergraduate curriculum.

Endocrinologist : Surrey

Endocrinologist : Surrey

Dr. Akshay Jain is the first Canadian physician to be triple board-certified by the American Boards in Endocrinology, Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine.
He trained in Internal Medicine at Rochester, New York, where he became the only 4-time winner of the prestigious Rochester Academy of Medicine Award. He completed his Fellowship in Endocrinology at Harbor UCLA in Los Angeles, California. He holds the distinction of being the youngest physician to sit on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Cardiologist : Edmonton

Cardiologist : Edmonton

Dr. Marc Benoit graduated from the University of Alberta medical school in 2010. He completed residency in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Alberta. After residency, he completed subspecialty training in advanced echocardiography at the University Of Alberta.

Cardiologist : Montreal

Cardiologist : Montreal

Dr. Christopher Labos is a cardiologist with a degree in epidemiology. Occasionally, he finds time to practice as a cardiologist so he can pay his rent. He realizes that half of his research findings will be disproved in five years: he just doesn’t know which half. He is a freelance contributor for the Montreal Gazette, CJAD, and has also appeared on CBC Radio and CBC Television. To date, no one has recognized him on the street.

Cardiologist : Nova Scotia

Cardiologist : Nova Scotia

Dr. Andrew Moeller

Family Physcian : Vancouver

Family Physcian : Vancouver

Dr. Daniel Ngui graduated from UBC School of Physiotherapy (94), UBC Medical school (98) and St. Paul’s Hospital Family Medicine (00). He is a CCFP and is a fellow (FCFP) of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is affiliated with both Vancouver Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital. He is also a clinical associate…


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