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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 our patients attending the practice during the Covid-19 pandemic. Your understanding and cooperation with the everchanging policies and procedures we have in place to protect us all and ensure we comply with government guidelines is very much appreciated.

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

If you have symptoms of fever, chills/sweats, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle soreness, loss of sense of smell and taste- we advise you get tested and if needed 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 or have recently tested Covid-19 positive or awaiting Covid-19 test result or been in contact with someone who has. 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://www.heartfoundation.org.au/search/%22covid-19%22
https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus