19 February 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

An award-winning pharmacy service that monitors blood pressure over 24 hours to detect high blood pressure and patients at-risk of stroke has been launched in Boots Ireland at Monaghan Shopping Centre.

A preliminary review of the Boots 24-hour blood pressure monitoring service revealed that 45% of patients accessing the service had high blood pressure and five percent had an abnormal heart rhythm.

High blood pressure, known as hypertension, significantly increases the risk of developing stroke and heart disease and often has no symptoms, while atrial fibrillation – which is an abnormal heart rhythm – can lead to blood clots forming in the heart, further increasing the risk of stroke.

Approximately 950,000 people in Ireland aged 45 and over have high blood pressure and it is estimated that there are 595,000 undiagnosed cases of hypertension in this same age group. Atrial fibrillation affects approximately 40,000 people in Ireland and the condition remains undetected or untreated in many patients.

The pharmacy service, also known as Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM), helps to identify and treat factors which can lead to stroke and heart disease. The monitor provides an overview of blood pressure over 24 hours whilst identifying abnormal pulse patterns which may be indicative of atrial fibrillation which is a unique feature of the Boots Ireland service. The service can also help patients to manage their treatment more effectively with regular monitoring.

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