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Making Smart Decisions – Which Heart Screening Tests You Need, And Which Ones Aren’t Worth the Cost

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

According to the British Heart Foundation, Heart and Circulatory disease cause 26% of all deaths in UK. Coronary Heart Disease is the most common cause of a heart attack, with one hospital visit every 3 minutes. It is estimated that there are 7 million people in UK (3.5 million men and 3.5 million women) living with heart and circulatory problems. In UK, there are more than 30,000 out of hospital
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Changes to cervical cancer screening a.k.a. the PAP smear test

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

Lets get back to basics – what is a cervix? This is the neck of the womb that joins with the vagina and looks like a mini donut! The opening in the middle is called the ‘os’ which allows blood to flow out during your period, and sperm to get in when trying to conceive. The cervix is muscular and when pregnant, it holds the foetus inside the womb until
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Erectile dysfunction – what are the treatments? One option might shock you…

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when a man cannot achieve and/or maintain a full erection. Sometimes the penis may become semi-erect but may not be hard enough to have sex. In some cases there is no change to the penis at all.   How common is ED? Most men at some point in their lives may be affected by ED, on at least one occasion. Common causes for this can be
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Regular Health Screening – Early Detection Prevents Heartache

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

Most people do not start a health screening programme in their lives until something happens, a symptom develops, a cancer scare, a heart attack or a friend or relative gets a serious illness or dies. So why do people do not undertake regular health checks, whilst will readily pay for their cars, machinery, equipment to have a MOT? The answer is simple, although may combine one or more of the
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If your hands and feet are cold it could be Raynaud’s.

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

Raynaud’s phenomenon is a common condition thought to affect up to ten million people in the UK. In Raynaud’s – the small blood vessels in your extremities (such as hands and feet, fingers or toes) are over-sensitive to even the slightest changes in temperature, the cold and stress. This causes a Raynaud’s attack where the fingers or toes sometimes change colour from white, to blue, to red and the affected
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Allergy Testing at ROC. What to expect from a consultation!

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

Initially a detailed history is taken about allergic symptoms, other illnesses, the environment and possible triggers, in order to give the doctor an understanding of your personal situation and to guide the testing to follow. The doctor is also happy to review letters/results from other sources. If necessary, a physical examination can take place, in particular assessing the lungs and skin.   What tests? When most people think about allergic
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Everything you need to know about genital herpes

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

There is a lot of misinformation and scaremongering out there when it comes to genital herpes. There also is too little emphasis on the importance of this sexually transmitted infection. Genital herpes is important because not only is it one of the more uncomfortable sexually transmitted infections, causing genital pain and difficulty urinating, but also it is not completely avoidable by using condoms, so it is important for everyone to
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The most common New Year’s resolutions (and how ROC can help you achieve them)

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

Love or loathe New Year’s resolutions, every year around 70% of people will make them. The other well-known fact is that the majority also won’t stick to them. Statistics have recurrently shown the top resolutions to include: Losing weight (or getting in shape) Eating more healthily Having more sex Quitting smoking   Whilst these may not be a surprise, they can sometimes be difficult to achieve or maintain. Our busy
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Avoiding Holiday Heart Syndrome this Christmas

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

A term coined in the late 1970’s, Holiday Heart Syndrome (HHS) refers to a group of conditions that appear to increase and land people in hospital over the Christmas holiday period. Statistically speaking there are more cardiac related deaths around Christmas week than at any other time in the year and although cold weather can have an impact on the cardiovascular system, these heart problems are also reported in areas
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Does cannabis help with sleep?

This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions. The editor of the blog is Dr Cristina Romete.

Cannabis Sativa is a commonly used plant which contains over 100 different phytocannabinoids.  The two most pharmacologically active cannabinoids are:   Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): this is a primary psychoactive ingredient of cannabis that causes many of the feelings of being high.   Cannabidiol (CBD): this is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning that it does not induce the highs associated with cannabis.   Cannabidiol oil (CBD) is legally available as an over the counter
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