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Blood pressure referrals could overwhelm specialists

25th February 2011

Cardiologists fear that specialist hospital services could be overwhelmed as a result of new guidance.

The guidance recommends GPs offer ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) to all patients with suspected hypertension.

Hospital consultants have warned they do not have the capacity to meet demand from GPs who refer patients for ABPM and believe the new guidance will actually delay the diagnosis of patients. Dr Anna-Maria Choy, consultant in cardiology at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, said it would delay true hypertensive patients getting treatment.

 

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Title: Blood pressure referrals could overwhelm specialists
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 17696
Date Added: 25th Feb 2011

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