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In a recent Westmeath Examiner interview, our pharmacist Eamonn offered advice and reassurance regarding medicine shortages

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A Mullingar pharmacist is offering reassures to people that they don’t “need to be overly concerned that they will not get their medicines” despite recent headlines about shortages. Eamonn Brady of Whelehans Pharmacy says that there some medicines are in short supply, but pharmacists work together to make sure patients are not affected. He said: “Not all pharmacists are out of stock of lines currently listed as short; for example, in Whelehans we have stock of all lines and many pharmacies share supply with other pharmacies, so when one pharmacy is short, their neighbouring pharmacy often provide them with stock,...

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Concluding pt of 3 reviewing Atrial Fibrillation - Symptoms and Diagnosis

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Atrial fibrillation  Part 3   Symptoms   The patient may be symptomless but symptoms can range from mild to severe including: Breathlessness Tiredness Palpitations: the patient may feel the sensation the heart beating fast or irregularly Light headedness or dizziness Chest pain or tightness.   Diagnosis   Echocardiogram An electrocardiogram (ECG) checks the heart's rhythm and electrical activity and confirms atrial fibrillation by recording the heart’s electrical signals. If the ECG is normal, but the clinician still suspects bouts of atrial fibrillation (paroxysmal atrial fibrillation), then a record of the heart rhythm over 24 hours will be needed to confirm....

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1st of 3 pts reviewing the most type of arrhythmia - Atrial Fibrillation (AF)- this week - background info and different types of AF

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Atrial fibrillation  Part 1   Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of arrhythmia. An arrhythmia is a heart rhythm problem. The heart may beat too quickly, too slowly or in an irregular pattern.   Types of arrythmia include: Tachycardia: fast heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute. Bradycardia: Slow heart rhythm below 60 beats per minute. Supraventricular arrhythmias: Arrhythmias manifesting from the atria (heart’s upper chambers) Ventricular arrhythmias: Arrhythmias manifesting from the ventricles (heart’s lower chambers) Bradyarrhythmias: Slow heart rhythms due to disease in the heart’s conduction system affecting the sinoatrial (SA) node, atrioventricular (AV) node or the His-Purkinje network.   Atrial...

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Concluding our "all things flu" review - this week - Childrens Flu Vaccines

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Children Flu Vaccines   Flu vaccine for children Children are more likely than adults to get severe complications of flu. Children who are sick with flu miss days in crèche, childcare and school. They also miss out on their usual activities such as hobbies and sports. For the second year in Ireland, children aged 2 to 12 can get the nasal flu vaccine for free. It is available from Whelehans Pharmacies. The flu vaccine will help protect your child against flu and reduce the spread of flu to others.   The vaccine is given as a single spray in each nostril of your child's nose....

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In the final part of our halitosis (bad breath) review -- we discuss diagnosis and offer tips of prevention

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Halitosis (Bad breath) Part 2   Diagnosis in severe cases It is rare that someone must get diagnosed with halitosis as they will be aware of it themselves or those close to them will make them aware of it and the steps described in this article will ease symptoms in most cases Specific diagnosis tools are only used in rare cases where halitosis is so severe and persistent despite simple and well recognised steps including improved dental hygiene and improving diet. In this situation, three methods for measuring halitosis are: Organoleptic measurement Gas chromatography Sulphide monitoring. Organoleptic measurement has shortcomings...

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