Around 30-40% of people in Ireland have high blood pressure but many don’t know it. High blood pressure can also cause ischemic heart disease. This means that the heart muscle isn’t getting enough blood. Ischemic heart disease is usually the result of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries (coronary artery disease), which impedes blood flow to the heart.
A heart attack is the result of a blocked blood supply to the heart muscle tissue. This can happen when the arteries to the heart become thicker and harder from a buildup of plaque. High blood pressure causes scarred arteries that fill up with plaque and become more prone to blood clots.
To help in the fight against cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, we have established a vascular screening program in the vascular laboratory, pioneering combined testing for overall cardiovascular disease.
The screening program provides quick, accurate and minimally invasive testing for abdominal aortic aneurysms and leading causes of stroke. To date we have screened more than 1,500 patients with a 25% pick-up rate.
Please note the vascular screening is covered by most insurance plans as long as you have a GP referral letter.