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Prince Rupert man recovering at St. Paul's after daughter saves life

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In a crisis some people are able to do things they didn't think were possible.

Prince Rupert's Gianna Evans is living proof of that. Earlier this year, the 12-year-old performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on her father before emergency responders arrived, despite not knowing how.

“I watched a movie a couple of days before, and one thing the main character kept saying was 'nothing's impossible'. That's what I was thinking,” Gianna said.

In January Gianna was laying in bed one night when she heard Bill, her dad, arrive home from work.

Exercise is the best medicine, B.C. doctors say

Don’t be surprised if instead of a prescription for pills, your doctor fills one out for exercise. Especially if you’re inactive.

Doctors across B.C. are now taking delivery of new prescription pads to use for their less-active patients as part of a new health promotion program sponsored by Doctors of B.C. (formerly the B.C. Medical Association). The program is called Exercise is Medicine.

PAMELA FAYERMAN Reports

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St. Paul’s experts target sweet spot, say too much sugar souring our health

Candy Aisle owner Shelley McCann talks about sugar and sweets at her shop in Vancouver on Monday. Photograph by Wayne Leidenfrost/PNG

You're sitting on the couch after dinner, when the chocolate cookies in the cupboard start calling out your name.

What to do?

Don't keep the chocolate cookies in your cupboard.

Ian Austin and Frank Luba Report

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Providence Health Care researchers make breakthrough in study of heart disease

Dr. Gordon Francis and Dr. Sima Allahverdian, two of the five co-authors on the new study in the journal Circulation.

St. Paul’s Hospital scientists discover smooth muscle cells may play a role in heart disease. Thirty two B.C. heart transplant patients, ranging in age from 24 to 78, gave the scientists permission to dissect their extracted, diseased hearts, which enabled them to make some important discoveries about how and where fatty deposits (cholesterol) accumulate in heart vessel walls. Read full story here.

St. Paul's Hospital dietitian speaks to the importance of setting achievable fitness goals

Two thirds of North American adults resolve to get fit and eat healthier. Most fail. Why?

Watch this Global News segment featuring PHC's very own dietitian, Tanya Leung.

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.

TAVR-Associated Aortic Root Rupture Hazardous but Predictable

Aortic root rupture that occurs during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using balloon-expandable prostheses carries a heightened risk of in-hospital adverse events but can be predicted by anatomic and procedural factors. The findings, from a small multicenter study, were published online June 7, 2013, ahead of print in Circulation.

Heart disease often hits women hardest

More women are dying of heart attacks than men, but cardiologists still don’t understand why female patients have worse outcomes. 

Making excellent care for acute heart failure patients a priority through innovation and research

Seven years ago, Andrea Marrie unexpectedly became a heart transplant candidate. Because a donor heart wasn’t available, Dr. Anson Cheung, a cardiovascular surgeon at St. Paul’s Hospital, wasted no time and implanted a left  ventricular assist device (LVAD) in Andrea.

Heart attacks on the rise in younger Canadians, experts say

Nine out of 10 Canadians these days have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke. And these risk factors, that we so easily ignore, are rising “dramatically” in young people.

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