Hypertension

Updated 07 July 2014

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

This can happen in two ways: firstly, a blood clot may form in an artery, cutting off part of the brain from oxygenated blood. This is known as a thrombotic stroke.

The second sort occurs when the increased pressure and decreased artery flexibility cause a blood vessel to burst – this is known as a haemorragic 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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