Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
6 minute read
15 Feb 2021
10:34 am

Hypertension is a problem

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

Better lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure: one in three South Africans suffer from it.

Doctor of internal medicine and cardiologist holding in his hands and shows to patient figure of red card heart during medical consultation. Explanation of causes of heart, diagnosis and treatment. Image : Istock

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a serious condition that can lead to cardiac arrest or heart attack, stroke, heart, kidney failure, blindness and more. South Africa has one of the highest rates of hypertension worldwide, with an estimated 6.3 million people known to be currently living with the condition – that's one in three SA adults. Increasing the severity of the situation is the fact that many more people remain undiagnosed, hence it can be assumed that the true number may be significantly higher. It is important to check your blood pressure regularly, especially if there is...