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In this weeks Topic, continuing the Cardio theme, more information that may help prevent heart disease

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Preventing heart disease Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is also known as heart disease and is the biggest killer in Ireland. It includes conditions such as coronary heart disease (angina and heart attack) and stroke. In Ireland in 2000, heart disease was the number one cause of death and was responsible for 41% of all deaths.   If you are concerned about your risk of heart disease, Whelehans Pearse St have a heart screening service. The screening takes less than half an hour. Our pharmacist will check your blood pressure, your cholesterol, blood glucose (for diabetes) and your body mass index. You...

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Our pharmacist Eamonn examines what impact Brexit (Deal or No Deal) may have on the availability of medication post March 29th

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Brexit and it’s implications on medicine supply   Nobody has a crystal ball regarding Brexit and what, when, how (and if) it will occur. Thankfully the EU are on Ireland’s side in insisting that a “hard border” on the island of Ireland is not acceptable, but ironically this is the very issue may be the stumbling block that may cause a “No deal Brexit” which could result in a hard border. As Teresa May and her Government stumble from crisis while the EU can’t be seen to give Britain major concessions due to risk of contagion (i.e. encouraging other EU...

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In this weeks Topic, the concluding part of Eamonn's Constipation in Children article.......he discusses the treatment of Chronic constipation from birth to 1yr and above

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Treatment of chronic constipation in children   As I mentioned last week, stool softeners and laxatives are rarely needed for constipation in children; the likes of diet changes will ease the problem. However chronic constipation refers to constipation that lasts longer term (eg. weeks or months) and is a more serious problem. If constipation is long term, doctors may consider prescribing laxatives.   Age birth to 6 months If it is a problem from birth or meconium (sticky tar like faeces a baby passes for the first few days after birth) has not passed in first 24 hours then discuss...

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In todays Topic, in Part 1 of 2 articles, Eamonn discusses diagnosing, risk factors and treatment of constipation in children

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Constipation in children (Part 1)   Constipation in infants and children is rarely caused by an actual medical condition. In many children, constipation is triggered by experience of painful bowel movements or caused by factors such as toilet training, change in routine or diet, stressful events, illness like viruses or delaying going to the toilet. Most of the time there is no need for medication like stool softeners; often lifestyle changes such as more fluid and fibre in the diet will ease the problem.   Constipation can present at three common stages of childhood: in infancy at weaning; in toddlers...

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In advance of our BPro Cardio clinic tomorrow, here is the concluding part of Eamonns Topic article on the relationship between Diet and Circulation

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The influence of our diet on circulation Part 2   This is the conclusion of last week’s article in the Westmeath Topic on foods and changes in our diet that improve circulation. If you missed last week’s article, poor circulation is medically referred to as Vascular Disease. Vascular Disease includes any condition that affects your circulatory system including diseases of arteries, veins and lymph vessels as well as blood disorders that affect circulation. These include Peripheral Artery Disease, Renal Artery Disease, Varicose Veins, Venous Blood Clots, Aneurysm, Raynaud’s Disease, Peripheral Venous Disease and Erectile Dysfunction.   Atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis occurs when arteries...

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