Updated 07 July 2014

Who is at risk for hypertension?

Are you at risk for this silent disease?


High blood pressure is one of the most important risk factors for heart attacks and strokes.

Who is at risk?

  • Those with a family history (a brother/sister, father/mother with high blood pressure, heart problems or a stroke),
  • Those with high blood cholesterol levels,
  • Those with diabetes,
  • Those with bad eating habits,
  • Those with a high intake of alcohol (more than two drinks daily),
  • Those who are overweight
  • Those with an inactive lifestyle,
  • Smokers
  • The use of the Pill, steroids such a cortisone and anti-inflammatory drugs can all contribute to higher blood pressure.

(Source: Dr Krisela Steyn, MRC.)

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