Updated 08 May 2013

Hypertension and awareness in SA

Omron Healthcare presents the importance of blood pressure monitoring and lifestyle change to reduce health risk in South Africa.


Omron Healthcare BV presented its “Perspective on hypertension and its awareness in South Africa” to the nation’s key opinion leaders in the field of cardiovascular research and diseases prevention.

In an on-going mission to raise awareness about hypertension, the organisation, along with Professor Woodiwiss (Head of Molecular and Cellular Laboratory and Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Genomics Research Unit) and Professor Vash Mungal-Sing (CEO of Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa Head of South African Hypertension Society and Head of Neprology and Hypertension UCT) presented different aspects about the disease, as well as prevention techniques.

“We are pleased to be able to share our knowledge and work together with professionals in the field of cardiovascular research towards raising awareness about hypertension,” says Andrévan Gils, CEO of Omron Healthcare BV. “We hope to be able to contribute to the well-being of South African citizens by providing both expertise and the means for home blood pressure monitoring.”

Profession Woodiwiss, specialist in the mechanisms of cardiovascular disease, such as heart failure, discussed the developments in hypertension and blood pressure measurement. Additionally, Professor Vash Mungal-Sing highlighted the recent legislative changes in South Africa regarding salt consumption and its relation to high blood pressure.

“In order to continue encouraging people to proactively take control of their own health, we believe it is crucial to listen to local leaders in the medical field so that we can learn how to best cater to the health needs of the environment we are in,” says van Gils.


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