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Dr. Sean Virani BSc, MSc, MPH, MD Cardiologist 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.

Ms. Nicole Gorman MN-NP(F), CCN(C) Nurse 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.

Dr. Donald Sin & Dr. Sean Virani Differentiating Between COPD and Heart Failure in Patients

Shortness of breath is a common feature of both heart failure and COPD. Complicating matters further is the fact that many patients with COPD will have heart failure and vice versa. So oftentimes it’s really challenging for the physician and for the patient to know whether their dysthymia is due to heart failure, COPD or both.

Many patients with COPD also have heart disease. It’s estimated that about four in ten COPD patients have a concomitant heart failure disorder. And both of these conditions cause shortness of breath, so diagnostically it may be very hard for you and your doctors to separate out COPD from heart failure—what’s causing what.

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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.

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.

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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