Hypertension

Updated 07 July 2014

Hypertension and your blood vessels

Your blood vessels are meant to be flexible and supple, but hypertension eventually curtails this.

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Your blood vessels are meant to be flexible and supple, but hypertension eventually curtails this. Like a rubber band that’s permanently stretched, your arteries will lose this elasticity.

They then develop arteriosclerosis and become clogged, or they can rupture.

There are surgical procedures to remedy this, but the earlier the condition is detected the better.

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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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