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Subtle Heart Attack Symptoms

A St. Paul’s Hospital researcher is warning women that relying on traditional heart attack symptom can lead to a dangerous misdiagnoses. Today’s News Hour on Global BC Health Headlines brought to you by Pharmasave.

A discovery of the healing kind

You get a cut, you bandage it. With a little bit of time the wound heals and you take the bandage off. Done and done. But what if it didn't heal? What if your cut stayed open? What if it wouldn't allow your skin to heal? Believe it or not, 20 to 25 per cent of patients in long-term care facilities, as well as the elderly, people suffering from diabetes, people who are immobile, and those who are obese are highly susceptible to developing skin wounds that do not close and heal properly, according to Providence Health Care, a faith-based private health care organization.

 

Program lets doctors dial up specialists

Instead of waiting weeks or even months for a referral to a specialist, patients and their family doctors in B.C. can get speedy phone advice from medical experts through a Vancouver-based program meant to improve care, save money and cut hospital visits.

HIV/AIDS series: Thousands in BC infected and don’t know it

Thousands of people in BC — including as many as 200 on Vancouver Island — are infected with HIV and don’t know it. The BC Ministry of Health is concerned that about 3,500 people unaware they have the virus might infect others and delay their own treatment.

HIV/AIDS series: BC a leader in offering free tests, treatment to reduce HIV cases

B.C. leads the country in tackling HIV, but experts worry the lack of a nationwide strategy puts all Canadians at a higher risk of contracting the infection. If HIV were avian flu, Ottawa would mandate a national strategy to fight it, said Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Enzyme discovery holds promise for treatment of chronic wounds

Researchers at Providence Health Care have discovered an important clue toward a potential treatment strategy for chronic wounds. “One of the main problems affecting hospitals are non-healing skin wounds in elderly patients, obese patients, cancer patients, diabetics and pressure ulcers in quadriplegics. These wounds take a really long time to heal,” said Dr. David Granville, one of the researchers on the project.

Lenore Turton's Anorexia Case Has Doctors Worried Others Won't Seek Help

A report in the National Post this week that detailed the treatment of a patient suffering from acute anorexia in a Vancouver hospital has one of the province’s senior health officials concerned that others in urgent need of care may now be too frightened to seek help.

Kidney dialysis treatment

A study based at St. Paul’s Hospital shows the more patients are involved in their kidney dialysis treatment, the better the outcome. Elaine Yong explains.

Heart pumps work as 'bridge to transplant'

To support a failing heart, there are two general types of ventricular assist devices, long-term and short-term. Two cardiac surgeons - along with four other cardiologists - at St. Paul's Hospital perform all implantations of long-term devices in the province, under the B.C. Acute Heart Failure Program.

St Paul’s medical milestone

Thu, Aug 1 – St. Paul’s hospital in Vancouver celebrated a transplant milestone today … kidney transplant number 2000. Linda Aylesworth reports. 

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