03 June 2018

7 ways to manage hypertension during Ramadan

Hypertension patients that have been declared fit by their physicians may use the following tips to help them participate in the fast.

Hypertension (high blood pressure), also known as the "silent killer",  often has no warning signs with many sufferers unaware that they may have developed it over a period of time.

If you have high blood pressure and wish to fast, you can do so with the approval of your physician. 

During your fasting day, be aware of how your body reacts, look out for symptoms like dizziness and headaches. If any of these symptoms arise, be sure to consult your physician as soon as possible.  

Hypertension patients are advised to exercise during Ramadan by performing the Taraweeh prayer (prayer after breaking one's fast). However, patients who suffer from additional medical conditions should consult their doctor before increasing their physical activities during Ramadan. 

Here are seven ways to manage your hypertension during Ramadan:

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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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