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Blood Pressure Monitoring

High blood pressure is a silent disease.  It can be asymptomatic for many years until it manifests as a sudden heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or peripheral vascular disease.  Diagnosis of high blood pressure (hypertension) is performed at the doctor’s clinic by inflating a cuff around the upper arm.  Several measurements are required to confirm the presence of hypertension.

Sometimes, the anxiety of a doctor’s visit may falsely elevate one’s blood pressure, with blood pressure returning to normal at home; a condition known as “white coat hypertension”.  This may lead to unnecessary use of medications and subsequently adverse effects.  This can be overcome by having an ambulatory 24 hour home blood pressure monitor.  This is an automated blood pressure monitor that is strapped to the upper arm for 24 hours.  It inflates to measure your blood pressure at specified times (eg: every ½ to 1 hour) and records it on a portable computer.  Therefore measurements are performed in your own environment and will be more reflective of your true day to day blood pressure.

The benefits of a 24 hour blood home pressure monitor is in identifying white coat hypertension, guiding the titration of medications to achieve target blood pressure and to correlate symptoms such as lightheadedness with blood pressure.

STEPS TO PREVENT SPREAD OF COVID-19

Thank you to all our patients who have attended our practice so far during the Covid-19 pandemic began. Your understanding and cooperation with new procedures we have in place to protect us all and ensure we comply with government guidelines is very much appreciated.

When attending our rooms you will notice changes such as reduced seating in our waiting room, distancing markings on the floor, protective screens, increased signage on our doors and walls and staff using protective clothing and equipment. Whilst this may seem overwhelming to some, the purpose is for your safety and that of our staff. Please be assured though that our team remain dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and cardiac care.

It is important not to neglect your cardiac health during this crisis and we remain committed to providing all of our usual services.

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle soreness, loss of sense of smell and taste- we advise you contact your GP or local Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND OUR PRACTICE if you have any of the symptoms above – please call our team on 9592 2177 to advise. We offer telehealth consulting so you can remain in direct contact with your cardiologist when you cannot attend.

Other measures we are taking include:

We include the following links for your reference:
https://campaigns.heartfoundation.org.au/covid-19/
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus