Health Topics

At Pharmasave Gateway Crossing, our staff are always on hand to answer your health-related questions. Some of the common ailments that we can help you learn about include:


Angina is a chest pain that is caused by the muscle cells of the heart not receiving enough blood to properly carry out their pumping function. Often, Angina is caused by coronary artery disease, in which the arteries narrow due to fibrous, fatty deposits.


Arthritis is a chronic disorder that affects 1 in 7 Canadians, and is one of the most common reasons for someone to see their doctor. Arthritis refers to a variety of joint problems with symptoms of pain, swelling, and stiffness.


Asthma is a chronic lung condition that causes the patient difficulty with breathing due to inflammation. The condition is very similar to an allergic response. Attacks of asthma can vary from itchiness and a mild reaction, to a severe life-threatening reaction.


Depression is a medical condition characterized by long-lasting feelings of intense sadness and hopelessness, affecting someone’s personal, social, and professional life. There are several types of depression, and several ways to treat depression as well.


Diabetes is a condition where someone does not produce enough insulin to meet their body’s needs, or their cells don’t respond properly to insulin. Diabetes is diagnosed with simple blood tests.


The flu is a respiratory infection that can be caused by a variety of viruses. The flu typically strikes between November and April, and up to 25 percent of the population may be infected in an average year.

Heart Attack

Most heart attacks occur when the lining of an artery ruptures, causing a clot to form on the damaged artery and the clot partially obstructs the blood flow. Talk to your doctor about personal risk factors for heart attack including smoking, being physically active, and watching your diet.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is when the pressure of your blood within your arteries is greater than what should be required in your body. Hypertension is one of the main risk factors for heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.

High Cholesterol

High Cholesterol is a fairly common condition, with cholesterol levels typically rising with patient age. Because high levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease, it is important to keep the condition under control.


Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which parts of the bone become weak and prone to fracture. This condition occurs when bone tissue and minerals are lost faster than the body can replace them. Often, osteoporosis itself does not have noticeable symptoms – but the condition can cause weakened bones, which may fracture with the slightest pressure.

Have a question about any of these conditions, or about something else? Don’t hesitate to ask any one of our highly trained staff for help!