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*Circulatory system

- heart attack

chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating, vomiting

drugs that dissolve blood clots, bed rest, pain relief, oxygen

- stroke

paralysis down 1 side, slurred speech, blurred vision, dizziness

counselling, speech therapy, occupational therapy, asprin, regular exercise, control weight

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*Sensory impairments

- cataracts 

- loss of sight

- loss of hearing

- glaucoma

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*Muscular skeletal

- osteoperosis

calcium, reduce alcohol intake/smoking, hormone treatments, exercise = bone density

- osteo arthritis 

anti-inflammatory drugs for pain, physiotherapy = relieves pain & strengthens muscles, exercise, maintain ideal weight 

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*Nervous system

- senile dementia (alzheimers) 

drugs to slow the loss of mental function, techniques to aid memory eg lists

- multiple sclerosis 

blurred vision, numbness, tiredness, loss of sense of touch

- parkinsons 

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*Respiratory system

- asthma

- lung cancer

- emphysema 

- bronchitis

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*Digestive system


- bowel cancer

- chrohns disease

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