Pharmacist Eamonn Brady from Whelehans Pharmacy in Mullingar explains that there is no specific condition called ‘poor circulation’. There are many different causes of poor circulation. Symptoms of these conditions vary from ‘cold hands’, pins and needles in hands and feet, numbness, varicose veins, leg cramps, a heavy feeling in the limbs, and swollen ankles, right up to very serious conditions such as leg ulcers, gangrene, kidney failure, and brain aneurisms.
Conditions caused by poor circulation
Poor circulation is medically referred to as vascular disease and includes any condition that affects your circulatory system including diseases of arteries, veins, and lymph vessels. These include peripheral artery disease; renal artery disease; varicose veins; venous blood clots; aneurism; Raynaud’s Disease; peripheral venous disease, and erectile dysfunction.
Healthy arteries are flexible and elastic and blood runs through the veins as if they were lined with a nonstick surface that enhances blood flow like Teflon. As we age, this ‘Teflon’ coating starts to get sticky, like Velcro, and this leads to many health risks. When arteries stiffen, they are more likely to clog with fatty substances such as cholesterol and cause heart attacks and strokes. Measuring the stiffness of your arteries can identify your risk of cardiovascular disease and circulation problems.
Whelehans Pharmacy in Mullingar now have a consultant in store who uses a BPro Cardio Device which identifies flexibility and stiffness of your arteries and provides critical information that can help you identify problems before they become life threatening. Book early to avoid disappointment as this screening service gets booked up quickly.
How to get checked
BPro Cardio Screen is a risk indicator for all; it is especially suited for screening those at higher risk of heart disease and circulation problems. This includes those with a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol, diabetes, and those who are overweight, smokers, or aged over 60.
Call Whelehans in Mullingar to book your appointment today. Whelehans now offers BPro Cardio Screen for only €35 (normal price €50 ).
This screening does not substitute the need for medical assessment by a medical professional, such as your GP.
BPro Cardio Screen is available at Whelehans Pharmacy, 38 Pearse Street, Mullingar, opposite the Greville Arms Hotel ). Tel (044 ) 9334591 or see www.whelehans.ie