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New blood pressure App available

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Leading Irish cardiologist Professor Eoin O’Brien has written a new iPhone App, called Blood Pressure Expert, for patients with high blood pressure.

Prof  O’Brien has  spent  over  30  years  treating  patients  with  high  blood  pressure  and  conducting  research  into  the causes and treatment of the condition.

“Blood Pressure Expert allows patients with high blood  pressure and people interested in their cardiovascular health to learn about this illness that affects 600 million  people  worldwide,” said Prof O’Brien. “The importance of high blood pressure is that it is the major cause of stroke and other cardiovascular illnesses, such as heart attack and kidney failure, that will kill 18.1 million people this year. However, if high blood pressure is treated effectively the occurrence of these illnesses is greatly reduced.”

Blood Pressure Expert has been written with the purpose of reducing these serious illnesses by allowing patients with high blood pressure to become knowledgeably involved in seeing that their blood pressure is controlled. Prof O’Brien provides clear and direct  answers to over 400 questions so as to give an understanding of the causes, the investigations needed for diagnosis and the means  of treating high blood pressure and the cardiovascular diseases it causes.

The App is now available to download in the Apple iPhone App Store; search ‘BP Expert’.

 

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