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The next life we save could be yours, please help us today.

 

The Peninsula Health Heart Service provides a state of the art facility designed to provide world class care for heart problems for people in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. Treatment uses the latest equipment and models of care and is here to benefit all patients admitted with heart disease.

The facts are frightening, heart disease is now one of the biggest issues facing our health service – killing one Australian every 12 minutes and remains the leading cause of death and disability on the Mornington Peninsula.

High blood pressure triggers more heart attacks and strokes in Australia than any other cause. It’s important to detect high blood pressure early, before too much damage is done.

We are one of the only health services in Victoria to bulk bill the loan of blood pressure monitors. Other services are charging up to $300 for a 24 hour loan. Wait times are currently up to 12 weeks as we try our best to keep up with demand for this free service.

1 in 3 adults over 45 on the Peninsula have high blood pressure. We simply do not have enough ambulatory monitors to keep up with demand.

One such patient to have benefited from an ambulatory blood pressure monitor is patient Anna, a 46 year old local mother of three. Anna recently told us, ‘I was referred to Peninsula Health Heart Service by my GP after showing signs of high blood pressure.’

‘The initial tests suggested that everything was fine. But because some issues are difficult to detect during a short examination it was recommended I have a take home Blood Pressure test.’

An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is slightly larger than the size of a mobile phone and is worn by the patient to monitor their blood pressure over a period of 24 hours.

Without early monitoring and treatment many patients will face ongoing issues with their quality of life and life expectancy.

However, there is a problem – there aren’t enough Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitors available to meet demand.

Please support our Heart Appeal by making a gift today and help to bring, the best of care, close to home.

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