Explaining hypertension

What is hypertension? Find out what normal blood pressure readings are and discover some of the treatment options for managing hypertension.

SEE: How to understand blood pressure readings

Do you understand the numbers when your doctor checks your blood pressure? It's important that you do – we help decode the numbers and explain the difference between systolic and diastolic.

5 common hypertension myths debunked

You are not keen on salty food and not overweight. This means you will never suffer from high blood pressure, right? Wrong. We dispel some common hypertension myths.

Know your numbers for a healthy heart

120. 80. 5. 25. Zero. What do these numbers mean? Do you know yours? Knowing the status of your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, BMI and glucose levels could save your life.

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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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