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Are Vitamin Supplements Really That Bad?

A6P3XM bottle of vitimin C pills spilling out onto a white background vitaminIn this tireless age of digital clutter and opinionated noise, it can be difficult to know who or what to trust and take on board. The UK press are consistently printing tales of healthcare anxiety in an attempt to rouse attention and fear. The latest health scare comes in the form of vitamin supplements which are now said to be a potentially fatal catalyst of cancer and heart disease. The story is popping up just about everywhere after a decade long study at the University of Colorado Cancer Centre found that taking over the recommended daily dose would promote such illness by 20%.

fruit n vegIt’s not uncommon to find people forfeiting a healthy diet in exchange for junk food and vitamin supplements but you don’t need a medical degree to tell such behaviour will do the body no good. Supplements are meant to be taken responsibly and in conjunction with an already stable diet, anybody over indulging to compensate are, as common sense would tell you, doing more harm than good.

The test, which was lead by Professor Tim Byers had aimed to see if supplements had the same medical benefits as vitamin rich fruit and vegetables. After finding excessive pills increased the risk of potentially fatal diseases, they presented their findings to the American Association for Cancer Research. Cardiacare believe that, as evident with most things in life, too much of anything is rarely any good for you. Always follow the pharmacist’s instructions and medical labels, don’t over compensate and try and maintain a balanced, healthy diet.

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ECG Devices at Cardiacare

Here are Cardiacare we are proud to stock a wide range of Cardioline ECG devices. Such as the Cardioline touchecg tablet and the new Cardioline ar600view VET.

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Cardioline ar600view VET

The Cardioline touchecg tablet is the recommend product for healthcare professionals, specifically in certain fields such as telemedicine, home care, and privatized healthcare.

This new device is a electrocardiograph supplied on a high quality tablet with a clickecgbt acquisition unit. The Cardioline touchecg tablet has Bluetooth capabilities and a simple interface, easy to use system and overall user-friendly experience.

The small and lightweight clickecgbt ensures the highest level of patient care and comfort, whilst still boasting modern features such as Wi-Fi connectivity and the options to export examinations in numerous file types such as .png .pdf and .xml

The Cardioline ar600view VET is a dual supply electrocardiograph with a large range of features, for example the basic configuration allows the recording of an ECG and printing the ECG using a high quality thermal print.

Due to nature of the software it can easily be adapted to suit all of your needs. You can also choose to equip your Cardioline ar600view VET with the PC ECG option, meaning the device can display real-time ECG on a computer, this feature aids in the management of patients records.

If you’re interested in either of the above products or any ECG consumables then visit our website

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Lifestyle Changes To Make If You Have High Blood Pressure

Lifestyle plays a crucial role in treating patients with high blood pressure, when sufferers follow a healthy and active lifestyle plan, the need for medicated treatments can be delayed, reduced or in some cases, it can be avoided altogether.

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If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, then you will know that there are many small things you can do each day to keep high BP at bay.

Obviously, the first and probably most imperative suggestion is exercise. Hypertensive patients who participated in brisk walks lowered press by nearly 8mmhg over 6mmhg. Vigorous cardio exercise can really challenge the ticker and bring that pressure right down.

Reducing your sodium intake can work wonders; it has been proven that even a small reduction in sodium to your diet could reduce your BP by 2 – 10mm Hg. It’s strongly recommend for those who are limiting sodium consumption, to maintain a food diary and log how much sodium you are taking in each day. Many of us track calories on a regular basis, yet sodium is often overlooked.

Most of us are overworked and overtired, so take a break from the office! Putting in more than 41 hours a week at office raises the risk of hypertension by over 15%. More time at the office equals less team to eat sleep and relax, so leave that paperwork on your desk, it will still be there tomorrow.

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Defibrillator Theft

It has been reported that a defibrillator was stolen from the back of an ambulance in Belfast last month, whilst the ambulance crew were busy treating a patient in need of care nearby. The theft happened in one of the busiest parts of the city at around 8pm at night when the streets are often littered with people.

The thoughtless event shocked the ambulance service, an ambulance service spokesperson said that a man approached the back of the van and ran off with the expensive piece of medical equipment. The theft has been estimated to cost the service around £10,000 to replace the vital piece of machinery. The service used social media to appeal to public and stated that the machine “could be needed to save a life tonight”. They also added “The person who did this had no thought whatsoever for the community or those who may have needed it.”

Although the criminal hasn’t been caught just yet, it seems that the stolen goods have made their way back to its rightful home and was found abandoned nearby in Craigmore Way, South Belfast.

The suspected thief was around 6ft, of medium build, with fair hair and sporting a grey hooded top with red branding on it.

Police are appealing to anyone who saw this incident, or may have been in the area, to contact them at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101,”

Even though the life saving device has been returned, the police is still working on catching whoever did this.



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The Cardioline brand

We are pleased to inform British Medical practitioners, Cardiologists and Paediatric Doctors that CARDIOLINE Products and ECG-Solutions are now available in the UK through CARDIACARE our local distributor and partner.

The CARDIOLINE brand grew thanks to the long-established experience of ET Medical Devices, Remco Italia and CARDIETTE until in 2011 it was taken up by Cardioline, SpA. Now the company’s new management is daily building up a new era of international success based on the typical values of being “made in Italy”: technology, design, quality.

Tradition, experience and innovation are the common denominator of all Cardioline products, whose outstanding features are clearly perceived by customers.

By tradition, Cardioline devices are advanced, easy to use and extremely robust so as to meet the needs of physicians as well as healthcare facilities, with no uncertainties or downtime.

The unrivaled experience our engineers can boast, the keen attention we pay to our customers’ feedback and our collaboration with expert designers are the DNA of our products: economically accessible, user-friendly and pleasing to the eye.

We design advanced medical devices as a result of our unrivaled expertise in the industry, together with the deployment of state-of-the art technology and a vocation to finding solutions dedicated to healthcare professionals and patients.

Please visit our websites ( and and send us your request for demonstration and free trial now!



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Greater Manchester Taking Defibrillators Seriously

Manchester is taking the healthcare of it’s inhabitants seriously, as the city has installed 16 defibrillators across the whole of Greater Manchester.

Transport for Greater Manchester and The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust have teamed up to provide the machines for the public. The AED device can be used safely with little help.

The AED device comes complete with a safety feature, meaning that the device won’t work unless a heartbeat isn’t detected from the body. Travelshop and bus station staff have received training on how to use the machines correctly in case of an emergency. Emergency operators have been given the location of the devices, so they can direct people in the right direction if one is needed.

The community resuscitation manager for the North West Ambulance Service had a couple of things to say about the scheme “Our aim is to ensure there are defibrillators at as many public locations as possible.”

He reflected on the benefits by saying “Safety is always at the top of the agenda for our bus stations, and defibrillators really can make the difference between life and death for someone whose heart has failed.”

This means that so far defibrillators have been placed in a number of popular tourism spots in Manchester – Manchester airport has received one and Piccadilly Gardens. They have also been placed in some smaller surrounding towns of the city such as Stockport, Bury, Rochdale, Wigan, Oldham, Hyde and Bolton.

Bolton is already well versed on the benefits of the machines, last year a Bolton MP launched a campaign which aimed to teach youngsters live saving skills before leaving school.

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The Panasonic CardioHealth Station

If you are in the medical field, then there is no doubt you will have heard of the Panasonic CardioHealth Station. This new product on the market is designed specifically to assess the risk of a future stroke or a future heart attack in patients.

The product has been developed with innovation ultrasound technology; this means that the CardioHealth Station can be used quickly and easily, with a simple handheld ultrasound device. This means no exposure to radiation for the user and receiver, and the process is over shortly – with optimum safety measures. It looks beyond traditional risk factors such as blood pressure, and scans the carotid arteries in the neck, measuring for signs such as wall thickness and hidden plaque buildup. By catching these symptoms early enough, it enables preventative action to be taken. Once the symptoms have been acknowledged, you can then go down the path of offering patients life style and diet advice the minimize the risk later on in their lives.

Preventative action is so important, especially in the medical field. We all know that without appropriate vigilance, things can go wrong, and it’s certainly no different with your body. By taking these preventative steps, issues are easier to deal with and there is a much better chance of being able to resolve the issue in the long term.

If you are interested in learning more about the Panasonic CardioHealth Station, then watch the video we have on our website!

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USA Way Behind Schedule In Defibrillator Laws

The UK may have come leaps and bounds within recent months, trying to ensure that public places have the necessary access to defibrillators (with a huge sincere thanks to a current campaign which has been raising awareness in the country!) although it seems that the USA is still way behind schedule on starting to take the action that seems to be so desperately needed.

Target (of the Walmart branch, who also own Asda here in the UK) are not legally required to have defibrillators on hand in their stores, which surprisingly the California high Supreme Court ruled earlier this month. The ruling has come to light in a tragic way, when a customer suffered a fatal heart attack whilst shopping in the store. After the victim collapsed paramedics were called straight to the scene. Unfortunately, the woman could not be revived upon arrival.

The family of the victim has strongly argued that the stores are morally and ethically obligated to their customers to provide the life saving machines to all their stores. Especially when, according to the American heart association – chance of survival drops between 7% and 10% for each minute that passes without a defibrillation.

“Under California law, Target’s common law duty of care to its customers does not include a duty to acquire and make available an AED for use in a medical emergency,” the chief justice wrote.

This statement has caused grief to those who hold the campaign close to their hearts, and has caused some widespread disagreement online.


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Top 5 Tips To Keep Your Heart Healthy

In one of our last pieces we spoke about preventative measure and how important it is for a patients overall wellbeing.

The best preventative action to take is to look after the mind and body. Especially in patients who have heart problems, the body is the most imperative thing to keep fit and healthy.

That can be easier said than done though, so we’ve put together a checklist of the vital things needed to keep the heart in good shape.


1. Alcohol 

Alcohol is common vice, and can be a difficult habit to break. Abstaining completely from alcohol can do wonders for the body.


2. Oily fish 

Oily fish is rich in Omega 3 and twice weekly servings and offer a boost of much needed nutrients. Fish such as fresh tuna, sardines and mackerel help protect against heart disease.


3. Stop smoking

We realise this is an obvious choice! Smoking is the main cause of coronary heart disease, and anyone with existing heart conditions really need to reevaluate their choice to smoke. Many new methods of quitting are on the market, such as ecigs – which are quickly becoming a popular option.


4. Weight management 

Being overweight can cause a great strain on the heart (as well as other vital organs and bones!) Managing weight successfully can be difficult for a lot of people. However with simple meal plans and plenty of physical activity, the weight can drop off in no time!


5. Take a walk 

Many of us can turn to eating, smoking, drinking or other unhealthy vices after a hard day at the office. By taking a walk when stress occurs, you are fighting the stress in your brain with natural endorphins and also be one step closer to a healthy lifestyle.


Have anything to add to this list? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.


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Villagers Host ‘First of a Kind’ Defibrillator Fundraiser

A Kent social club has joined the local community together in their own unique, thoughtful and touching way. The villagers have taken in upon themselves to host a fundraising event for a very worthwhile cause. The organisers of the fundraiser mission, was to collectivity raise enough money to buy a defibrillator for the people of the area.

This particular cause is obviously very close to the clubs heart, after one of its beloved members tragically died at an event hosted by the club. The village has so far raised over £1000 for the cause (and hopefully a lot more than that, by the time you read this article) and has been described as ‘the first of its kind’.

Showing another gesture of goodwill, a medical training company is fully behind the cause, and will be running a free training event, for all those that wish to attend and learn how to use the machines correctly. The director of the company behind the training, Medi-1 released a statement saying “We are raising awareness so people won’t be scared of using the equipment” Over 100 people will be expected the attend the class.

To contribute even further to the cause, the afore mentioned company has also offered to make up any cash shortfall on the cost of the equipment. It’s a testament to the community itself that so many people have come forward and extended a helping hand, the passion of this community has gripped others into wanting to do their bit.

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