Government Chief Whip, and Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regain Doherty has confirmed that 24 hour blood pressure monitoring will be available in Ashbourne.
The Meath East TD has said “high blood pressure is a major risk factor for many diseases, such as stroke, heart disease, blindness, and kidney failure. I recently called on the then Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, requesting that 24 hour blood pressure monitoring become available in Deerpark Medical Centre as a matter of urgency.
“I very much welcome the Minister’s speedy turnaround in this regard, which demonstrates the importance of making available this facility locally. The early detection, and quick diagnosis, of high blood pressure can quite literally be the difference between life and death.”
Continuing, Doherty said “this new scheme, while quite straight forward in its nature, will play a vital role in reducing the risk of diseases associated with high blood pressure. The 24 hour blood pressure monitors are the crème de la crème inaccurate blood pressure readings. Many standard blood pressure tests, while useful in day to day standard tests, can give false readings of elevated blood pressure, depending on day time and night time readings.
Concluding, the newly appointed Minister of State said “The provision of accurate readings, depending on the time of day and activities of a patient, will allow for precise readings, and more efficient diagnosis of many diseases. Treatment and appropriate action for high blood pressure, ranging from weight loss, avoiding salt, regular exercise, and medication where necessary, will now be more efficient and exact than ever before as a result of this new scheme.”