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Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check – it may save your life

2 April 2014

Today is Australia’s Biggest Blood Pressure Check, held by the Stroke Foundation.

More than 6 million Australian’s have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. It is a figure expected to grow to 6.4 million by 2051. According to the Stroke Foundation, high blood pressure is the ‘most important known risk factor for stroke’ as it can damage blood vessel walls and may trigger a stroke.

High blood pressure can be genetic, however it can also affect any Australian. Management options are available however the key is early detection.

Today, Australian’s are encouraged to have their blood pressure checked. Various sites are available and can be viewed at on the Stroke Foundation website. Blood pressure checks are also available throughout the year, through selected pharmacies in NSW and QLD. Find out more here.

One Australian who has experienced high blood pressure and had it affect her quality of life is Gael from Victoria. You can learn more about her story below.

The first patient in the world to receive the therapy, Gael Lander from Victoria, was treated by Professor Rob Whitbourn at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne in 2007.

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For more than 30 years, 68 year-old Gael struggled with high blood pressure that did not respond to the medications usually prescribed. Despite following all the rules – regular exercise, eating a low sodium diet, and taking anti-hypertensive medications – her systolic blood pressure was often in the 200mm/Hg range, double that of a person with a normal heart beat.

Gael describes her uncontrolled hypertension as if “someone had pushed the fast-forward button,” noting that ‘everything raced’, including her heart. Her blood pressure was always on her mind causing frequent anxiety. The increased cardiovascular risk associated with her hypertension was also a concern, as both her parents suffered from hypertension and had died of cardiovascular events.

Following lengthy discussions with her cardiologist, Gael underwent renal denervation. The procedure lasted less than one hour. Shortly following the procedure Gael saw an immediate reduction in her blood pressure. Her systolic blood pressure is currently 140 mm/Hg and her medications have been reduced.


This patient testimonial relates an account of an individual’s response to the treatment. The account is genuine, typical and documented. However, the individual’s response does not provide any indication, guide, warranty or guarantee as to the response other persons may have to the treatment. The response other persons have to the treatment could be different. Responses to the treatment discussed can and do vary and are specific to the individual patient. Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to the therapy or products discussed.
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