Geriatric medicine is a huge field that covers all sorts of treatments for the elderly. This involves:

  • Health assessments
  • Immunisation
  • Rehabilitation which includes:
    • Physiotherapy to improve mobility and coordination
    • Occupational therapy to improve quality of life in those with chronic conditions
    • Speech therapy to improve communication and manage swallowing disorders
    • Dietetics to improve management of chronic diseases
  • Management of geriatric diseases such as:
    • Cognition & memory disorders
    • Continence problems
    • Falls & balance disorder

Geriatric medicine involves doctors and allied medical associates from various fields. This includes:

  • Radiology
  • Dental
  • Podiatry
  • Orthopaedic
  • Cardiology
  • Opthamology
  • Dietetics
  • Psychology
  • Nursing

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What are the side effects of blood-thinning medications? Are urinary bleeding and pain possible side effects?

Blood-thinning medications can cause a patient to be more prone to bleeding episodes in general. This is because the ability of the blood to clot is compromised. However, urinary bleeding and pain is not normal and signifies some issues in the urinary system. It is not a side effect of the medication. You should seek attention from a urologist promptly.

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What supplements should not be taken with heart medication?

Well, it depends on the type of medication you are taking. In general, most medication is ok with heart medications but there are some specific ones we look out for. For example, if you are taking nitrates, isosorbide dinitrate, or even a Glyceryl trinitrate spray, then try not to take things like Viagra, because they enhance the vasodilation effect and can cause your blood pressure to rise to a life-threatening level. Other things could be dependant on whether you are taking blood thinners. Let's say you have a stent implanted then you have two blood thinners already.

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