The Semiahmoo Peninsula has a new cardiologist onboard – and she’s one of few who specializes in her field.
Dr. Jiao Yang will be working with a team of doctors at Live Well Medical and Exercise Clinic in South Surrey’s Windsor Square focusing on her sub-speciality in cardiac rehab and prevention.
“That makes me one of five cardiologists who does cardiac rehab and prevention (in the province),” she told Peace Arch News last month.
Through the clinic – which also has locations in White Rock and Kerrisdale – Yang will treat those who have previously had heart issues, including heart attacks. After recovery at the hospital is complete, patients can come to the clinic and enroll in a cardiac-rehab program, with an exercise clinic located next door.
Yang will also focus on prevention for those with health issues that could lead to heart disease, including obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
The integrated, multi-disciplinary clinic will include five family doctors, an internist, a vascular surgeon and psychologist.
“We’ll have a lot of people at our disposal,” Yang said. “I’m very proud that I get to work with a very disciplined group of individuals.”
Yang was drawn to the community after her mentor and former Peace Arch Hospital cardiologist Dr. Sammy Chan, encouraged her to visit the Peninsula.
“The thing that drew me here was the people. It was the perfect fit,” Yang said. “There is a need here. There is no cardiologist in South Surrey/White Rock proper. People have to go to Langley or Surrey.
“This cuts down that travel time. Why go all the way there, when you can skip the hassle and stay in your community?”
Yang aims to have the clinic open by the end of the month.