Hypertension

Effects on the body

Hypertension and other organs

Hypertension can affect more than your heart – it can take a toll on other vital parts of your body. Luckily, there’s plenty you can do.

Hypertension and your heart

Hypertension causes your heart to work much harder than it should because it has to compensate for the increased blood pressure.

Hypertension and your eyes

You may be not be able to detect any outward signs of hypertension yourself, but your doctor can look into your eyes and see whether hypertension has damaged them.

Hypertension and your brain

One serious consequence of the damage wrought on your arteries by hypertension, is the possibility of a stroke.

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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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