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COVID-19: What you need to know

Learn about COVID-19, including how to care for yourself, manage your symptoms, going for testing, the COVID-19 vaccine, and other need-to-know information. If you aren’t feeling well or have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider or call Health Link at 811. You can use the COVID-19 self-assessment below to help you decide if

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COVID-19 vaccines – protein-based

Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects. What rare events have been reported after getting the protein-based COVID-19 vaccine? There have been very rare reports of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining around the heart) shortly after getting the protein-based

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Trochanteric Bursitis: Exercises

Loop a towel under the ball and toes of that foot, and hold the ends of the towel in your hands. Straighten your knee, and slowly pull back on the towel. You should feel a gentle stretch down the back of your leg. Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds. Or even better, hold the stretch for 1 minute if you can.

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Hamstring Strain: Rehab Exercises

Hamstring set (heel dig) Sit with your affected leg bent. Your good leg should be straight and supported on the floor. Tighten the muscles on the back of your bent leg (hamstring) by pressing your heel into the floor. Hold for about 6 seconds, and then rest for up to …

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee): Exercises

Lie on your back, and bend your affected leg. Loop a towel under the ball and toes of that foot, and hold the ends of the towel in your hands. Straighten your knee, and slowly pull back on the towel. You should feel a gentle stretch down the back of …

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Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain: Rehab Exercises

Place a small, rolled-up towel under your knee. Your other leg should be bent, with that foot flat on the floor. Tighten the thigh muscles of your affected leg by pressing the back of your knee down into the towel. Hold for about 6 seconds, then rest for up to 10 seconds. Repeat 8 to 12 times.

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Piriformis Syndrome: Exercises

slide 1 of 3, Hip rotator stretch, Lie on your back with both knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Put the ankle of your affected leg on your opposite thigh near your knee. Use your hand to gently push your knee (on your affected leg) away from your body until you feel a gentle stretch around your hip. Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.

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Placenta Previa: Care Instructions

Your Care Instructions. The placenta forms during pregnancy. It gives the baby nutrients and oxygen. It also removes waste products. Normally, the placenta attaches to the inner wall of the uterus, away from the opening of the uterus (cervix). Sometimes the placenta attaches so low that it blocks or partially blocks the opening.

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Routine Checkup, Ages 18 to 50: Care Instructions

Screening helps find diseases before any symptoms appear. Eat healthy foods. Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and low-fat dairy foods. Limit fat, especially saturated fat. Reduce salt in your diet. Limit alcohol. If you're a man, have no more than 3 standard drinks a day on most days and no more than 15 drinks a week. If you're

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Care instructions

For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811. Current as of: June 16, 2022. Author: Adapted from Healthwise. This material is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified health professional. This material is intended for general information only and is provided on an "as is", "where is" basis.

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Nephrostomy Tube Care: Care Instructions

Use another container to collect your urine while you clean the bag. To clean the bag, fill it with 2 parts vinegar to 3 parts water, and let it stand for 20 minutes. Then empty it out, and let it air dry. Empty the drainage bag before it is completely full or every 2 to 3 hours. Do not swim or take baths while you have a nephrostomy tube.

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Proteinuria: Care Instructions

Eat a heart-healthy diet to keep the fat (cholesterol) in your blood under control. Eat a low-salt diet to keep your blood pressure at normal levels. Limit protein in your foods. Limit the amount of fluids you drink. If you have diabetes, try to keep your blood sugar at normal or near-normal levels. Follow your diet.

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): How to manage symptoms

Drink enough fluids to keep your urine pale yellow. To help clear a stuffy nose, breathe moist air from a hot shower or a sink filled with hot water. If the skin around your nose and lips gets sore from blowing your nose a lot, put a bit of petroleum jelly on the area. Always wash your hands after touching your face.

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Hip Flexor Strain: Rehab Exercises

Tighten your belly muscles and buttocks, and press your lower back to the floor. Slowly straighten one leg, and hold that position for about 6 seconds. Your leg should be about 30 centimetres off the floor. Bring that leg back to the starting position, and then straighten your other leg. Hold that position for about 6 seconds, and then switch

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Hyperthyroidism: Care Instructions

Use artificial tears, eye drops, and sunglasses to protect your eyes from dryness, wind, and sun. Raise your head with pillows at night to prevent your eyes from swelling. In some cases, taping your eyelids shut at night will keep your eyes from being dry in the morning. Make sure you get enough calcium. Foods that are rich in calcium include

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Intrauterine Device (IUD) Insertion: Care Instructions

Your Care Instructions. An intrauterine device (IUD) is a very effective method of birth control. It is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that contains copper or hormones. The doctor inserts the IUD into your uterus. You can have an IUD inserted at any time, as long as you aren't pregnant and you don't have a pelvic infection.

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Low-Fat Diet for Gallbladder Disease: Care Instructions

Avoid cream soups and cream sauces on pasta. Eat low-fat ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet. Avoid regular ice cream. Eat a variety of vegetables and fruits. These are high in nutrition and low in fat. Limit the amount of avocado and coconut due to their high fat content. Eat whole grain cereals, breads, crackers, brown rice, or pasta.

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Mitral Valve Replacement Surgery: What to Expect at Home

You will feel tired and sore for the first few weeks after surgery. You may have some brief, sharp pains on either side of your chest. Your chest, shoulders, and upper back may ache. The incision in your chest may be sore or swollen. These symptoms usually get better after 4 to 6 weeks. You will probably be able to do many of your usual

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Angiogram: Before Your Procedure

An angiogram can be used to look at the arteries or veins in the head, arms, legs, chest, back, or belly. This test is done to look for problems in the arteries or veins. An angiogram is done for many reasons. For example, you may have this test to find the source of bleeding, such as an ulcer. Or it may be done to look for blocked blood

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Learning About an Arterial Line

An arterial line is a thin, flexible tube that is placed into an artery. It helps your doctors and nurses check your blood pressure and take blood samples. It is used in operating rooms and intensive care units (ICUs). You may hear it called an "art-line" or …

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Abdominal Pain: Care Instructions

To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of fluids. Choose water and other clear liquids until you feel better. If you have kidney, heart, or liver disease and have to limit fluids, talk with your doctor before you increase the amount of fluids you drink. If your stomach is upset, eat mild foods, such as rice, dry toast or crackers, bananas, and

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Check Your Symptoms

A Note About Inclusion; This tool was created to help you learn how to manage your symptoms and what to do if you have a medical problem. We recognize this tool is not inclusive of all genders and may not describe the organs and parts of the body of the sex you were assigned at birth or the gender you identify with.

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Immunization: Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (dTap

For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811. Current as of: July 4, 2022. Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services. This material is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified health professional. This material is intended for general information only and is provided on an "as is

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Imaging Tests: X-rays

Imaging tests and your health and safety. The healthcare team. Imaging Tests. X-rays. X-rays are used to take pictures of the chest, bones, and other structures inside your body. They help diagnose broken bones and find other injuries or infection. For more information on x-rays, choose a link below:

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Animal Bites: Care Instructions

After you shower, gently dry the wound with a clean towel. If your doctor has closed the wound, cover the bandage with a plastic bag before you take a shower. Your doctor may advise you to remove the bandage after 24 to 48 hours and then gently wash the wound to remove the crust. Do not scrub or soak the wound.

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Coronary Artery Disease: Roles of Different Doctors

Your health professionals will help tailor your treatment to best suit your needs. What is the role of a primary care physician in caring for people with coronary artery disease? In some cases, your primary care physician (PCP)—usually your family doctor, general practitioner, or an internist—will coordinate your care.

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3-Day Food and Activity Journal

Print or save the 3-Day Food and Activity Journal. Write down everything you eat and drink. You may want to record one weekday (or workday) and one Saturday or Sunday( or day off). Include: How much food you ate. See the suggestions below to estimate portion sizes. If the food comes in a package, just write down the package size.

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Wrist Tendinitis: Exercises

Wrist extensor stretch. Extend the arm with the affected wrist in front of you and point your fingers toward the floor. With your other hand, gently bend your wrist farther until you feel a mild to moderate stretch in your forearm. Hold the stretch for at …

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Incomplete Miscarriage: Care Instructions

Use sanitary pads until you stop bleeding. Using pads makes it easier to monitor your bleeding. Take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve), for cramps. You may have cramps for several days after the miscarriage. Read and follow all instructions on the label.

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Care Instructions

Limit saturated fat and avoid trans fat. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Ask your doctor what type and level of activity is safe for you. If your doctor recommends it, get regular exercise. Walking is a good choice. Bit by bit, increase the amount you walk every day. Try for at least 2½ hours a …

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Zoster Virus (Shingles) Vaccine

The Shingrix vaccine prevents you from developing herpes zoster, also known as shingles. This vaccine doesn’t prevent chickenpox and it’s not a treatment for shingles or shingles nerve pain (post-herpetic neuralgia). Who should get the Shingrix vaccine? If you are age 18 years and older and you’ve had or are going to have an organ

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After Your Delivery (the Postpartum Period): Care Instructions

Take care of your body after delivery. Use pads instead of tampons for the bloody flow that may last as long as 2 weeks. Ease cramps with ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Ease soreness of hemorrhoids and the area between your vagina and rectum with ice compresses or witch hazel pads. Ease constipation by drinking lots of fluid and eating high-fibre

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