Am I at risk for hypertension?

Find out if you are at risk for hypertension, and just how big your risk is.

Are you overweight?

Are you older than 35?

Are you of African decent?

Has your mother or sister suffered a heart attack or stroke before age 55?

Has your father or brother suffered a heart attack or stroke before age 45?

Is your body apple-shaped?

Do you exercise at least 30 minutes per day, 3 - 4 times per week?

Do you smoke at all?

Do you eat more than one teaspoon of salt per day?

Do you have more than two drinks per day?

Are you older than 35, smoking and on the Pill?

Do you have existing heart disease? (heart failure, previous heart attack, angina, previous bypass surgery, balloon dilatation).

Do you have diabetes?

Do you have kidney damage?

Have you ever suffered a stroke or mini-strokes?

Ask the Expert

Hypertension expert

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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