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Hypertension: Never skip your medication

Even when you feel on top of the world and not in need of any medication whatsoever, do not skip your blood pressure medication, as it may come back to haunt you.

A huff and a puff and a pinched arm

I don't like having my blood pressure taken. The threat of a 24-hour blood pressure test is enough to make me come up in hives. Call me a sissy if you want to.

'I knew nothing about hypertension'

Gavin Herbert, aged 49, was taken aback when he was diagnosed with high blood pressure in his mid-forties. At the time of diagnosis, he knew almost nothing about hypertension.

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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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