Hypertension

Control through medication

ARBs A-Z

Angiotensin II receptor blockers inhibit the effects of angiotensin II and prevent the constriction of blood vessels and retention of salt and water, thus lowering blood pressure.

Diuretics A-Z

Diuretics work on the kidneys, cause salt and water to be eliminated, relax the arteries and result in a reduction in blood pressure.

Beta-blockers A-Z

Beta-blockers have been used for a long time to treat hypertension.

ACE inhibitors A-Z

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, are vasodilators that work by preventing the formation of angiotensin II.

Centrally-acting drugs A-Z

Centrally-acting drugs act on the central nervous system and cause blood vessels to relax and blood pressure to decrease.

Alpha blockers A-Z

Alpha blockers inhibit the effect of norepinephrine, a hormone that causes constriction of blood vessels.

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Dr Jacomien de Villiers qualified as a specialist physician at the University of Pretoria in 1995. She worked at various clinics at the Department of Internal Medicine, Steve Biko Hospital, these include General Internal Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes and Cardiology. She has run a private practice since 2001, as well as a consultant post at the Endocrine Clinic of Steve Biko Hospital.

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