Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
5 minute read
8 Feb 2021
3:46 pm

High blood pressure? How to get it under control once and for all

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

Better lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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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 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...