Hypertension

Living with hypertension

Self-monitoring at home

There seems to be a definite trend toward self monitoring, as people are encouraged to actively participate in the management of their health.

Alcohol and hypertension

"Having a few drinks helps me relax, and relaxing lowers my blood sugar, so alcohol should be good for my hypertension, right?” Unfortunately not.

Changing your lifestyle

Once you know you have hypertension, it’s important to follow a comprehensive programme of lifestyle changes. But what exactly does this involve?

Hypertension in the elderly

Elderly patients, if treated for their high blood pressure, have fewer heart attacks, strokes and congestive heart failure, than the same age group with untreated hypertension.

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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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