Specialising in Cataract and Strabismus Surgery & general Adult and Paediatric Ophthalmology


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Posted by Michael Forrest on 10 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the most common medical conditions seen by doctors in Australia and other Western industrialised countries, and causes more deaths than any other cardiovascular risk factor, including smoking and high cholesterol. Although we understand the role of lifestyle factors and have many medications available to treat hypertension, for many patients and doctors it remains frustratingly difficult to control, and in many patients remains undetected. In the American National Health and Nutrition Study (NHANES III)  68.4% of hypertensive patients were aware of their hypertension, 53.6% were being treated, and only 27.4% had control of their hypertension. These figures are worrying because inadequate control of hypertension can lead to “end-organ damage” including kidney disease, peripheral vascular disease, eye disease, stroke and heart attack.

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Dr Forrest practices at Northside Eye Specialists, based at Chermside, North Brisbane, and at Blackwood Street, Mitchelton.

Northside Eye Specialists
Chermside Medical Complex
3/956 Gympie Road
Chermside QLD 4032
Phone: 07 3359 8886
Fax: 07 3359 5557

12 Blackwood Street 
(Postal address: PO Box 6134)
Mitchelton  QLD 4053
Phone: 07 3855 2605
Fax: 07 3855 3707