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Hypertension

12 May 2011

Hypertension on increase in South Africa

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is on the rise in SA because of the lifestyle changes brought about by urbanisation, a doctor at a medical insurance company warns.

Hypertension - otherwise known as high blood pressure - is on the rise in South Africa because of the lifestyle changes brought about by urbanisation, a doctor at a medical insurance company warned on Thursday.

The risk of developing hypertension increased with age and a family history of the condition, with people over 50 more likely to be affected.

High blood pressure in South Africa

 

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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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