Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
5 minute read
7 Feb 2022
9:35 am

13 risk factors of high blood pressure

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

One in three South Africans suffer from condition.

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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 diagnosed as currently living with the condition – that’s one in three South African adults suffering from high blood pressure right now. 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 that one checks...