Hypertension

Updated 07 July 2014

Why worry about hypertension?

Hypertension is one of the leading causes of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and premature death.

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Hypertension is one of the leading causes of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and premature death. Together with cigarette smoking, high cholesterol and diabetes mellitus, it constitutes the so-called cardiovascular risk profile.

Hypertension is especially dangerous because it frequently has no symptoms. Most hypertension has no known cause (primary or essential hypertension).

About 5% of hypertension can be traced to underlying diseases, such as kidney disorders or conditions that cause narrowing of the arteries (secondary hypertension). Depending on how high your blood pressure is, you may be able to treat it with lifestyle changes alone.

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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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