Updated 04 May 2018

How often do we need to be tested for hypertension?

The older a person gets, the more regularly hypertension should be tested for.

Once someone is over the age of 65, annual testing for hypertension is recommended. In middle-aged people once every two years should be sufficient.

Testing of blood pressure is usually part of the routine procedure whenever one visits the GP. There are no possible disadvantages to regular testing.

(Professor Lionel Opie, Cape Heart Centre, UCT)

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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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