sees the marking of World Hypertension Day (May 17), the aim is to draw public
attention to the perils of high pressure and the need for people to get their
In the Flagstaff
town Ingquza Hill various people spoke about how their unhealthy lifestyles had
led them to develop hypertension.
'I woke up in hospital'
is high blood pressure created by the force exerted by blood against the artery
walls as it is transported around the body. It is known as a silent killer
because it often has no warning signs or symptoms and many sufferers do not
even know they have it.
Mdutshane (50) from Ngqwabeni location in Flagstaff said she has lived with
hypertension since 2014 when she weighed 104 kg.
know I had hypertension. One day I was in my kitchen cooking food when I started
to feel dizzy and collapsed. I woke up in the hospital,” she said.
said at that time her diet was made up mostly of fatty foods, with fried eggs,
burgers, fried chicken and spicy food being her favourites.
Lots of fruit and vegetables
“The doctor told me that my high blood pressure is not normal and that I
need to work on my poor health fast. I was told to exercise and change my diet
immediately," she said.
is caused by various things including obesity, family history, poor diet and
lack of exercise.
hypertension, she said, are advised to follow a low salt, low fat diet and
avoid strong spices.
changes that can help include following a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruit
and vegetables. Exercise is also recommended, as is reducing alcohol intake and
stopping smoking. – Health-e News.
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