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BP control allows cataract surgery

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My Story – Colin Slater

As an habitual heavy smoker my blood pressure for a long period required continuing attention and as a consequence I have swallowed 160 gm of VALSARTON daily.

I had over the years developed Emphysema which made general Anaesthesia a dangerous procedure. Three years ago it was discovered that I had a stenosis of the Aortic valve, leaving no option but surgery.

The Aortic valve was replaced and it was when I wanted to have a cataract removed from my left eye that I ran into persistent problems.

Three successive surgeons told me that my BP was too high to permit surgery. The cataract was progressively moving across the eye until it became too dangerous to drive my car.

I could not understand that although I daily read my BP – using the CD I had bought from you – it was an acceptable reading, that when I presented myself for surgery I was rejected three times due to high Blood Pressure.

It was only when I presented the surgeon with a two-hourly listing of my BP that I was able to persuade him that there was nothing wrong with my reading.

I have now had the cataract removed and can see perfectly.

PS: I have typed this message WITHOUT the use of any of my eleven pairs of spectacles!!

Colin Slater
Cheshire, UK.


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