Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
3 minute read
19 Aug 2019
10:03 am

Why you should check your blood pressure regularly

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

If you have persistent unexplained headache, it might be worth it to get your blood pressure checked, since none of the symptoms are specific to the 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. Increasing the severity of the situation is the fact that many more people remain undiagnosed, so it can be assumed that the true number may be significantly higher. It is important that one checks their blood pressure regularly, especially if there...