Hospital offers free blood-pressure checks


Free heart health-checks will be offered to Mornington Peninsula residents during Heart Week 2019 to encourage people to be more proactive about their cardiovascular wellbeing. 

The non-invasive blood-pressure tests will be available at Peninsula Private Hospital from 29 April to 3 May, and will only take a couple of minutes to complete. 

“We want to create awareness for people to think about their heart health, to think about their health in general and to educate people on how important it is to have regular check-ups,” hospital CEO Michelle Henderson said. 

Heart disease is the number one killer in the Western world, with one person suffering a heart attack every 15 minutes. 

High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking and family history are the most common clinical factors that increase a person’s risk of developing premature heart disease. 

Heart Week 2019 is focusing on encouraging more Australians to understand and reduce their risk of these factors. 

Dr Gregory Szto, interventional, structural and pacing cardiologist at Peninsula Private Hospital, said people should be tested before it is too late.

“Sometimes the only way to know if someone has high blood pressure is to get a simple check,” he said. 

High blood pressure affects one in two adults over the age of 50 in Australia, and most people are unaware they have the problem. 

“Most people are oblivious to the fact they have significant coronary artery disease. All the risk factors don’t give symptoms until it’s too late,” added Dr Szto, who has more than 25 years’ experience as a cardiologist.

As well as routine tests, Peninsula Private Hospital also offers comprehensive cardiothoracic interventional keyhole and open-heart surgical procedures, including both elective and emergency cardiac services. 

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