Hypertension

Stress, women and obesity

Hypertension: the silent killer

17 May is World Hypertension Day. Could you be suffering from high blood pressure without knowing it? Hypertension is a silent but deadly disease. Check your blood pressure today.

The Pill and hypertension

About 5% of women using oral contraceptives develop high blood pressure for reasons which are not clear.

Stress and hypertension

You may have been told that you’re “hyper-tense” or have an A-type personality, and that you have hypertension because you’re too wound-up or stressed.

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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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