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Hypertension – The ‘Silent Killer’

Hypertension – The ‘Silent Killer’

Hypertension, the ‘silent killer’ is treatable, yet still the cause of 1,000 deaths per day.

High blood pressure, medically known as hypertension, is the leading cause for heart disease, strokes and kidney failure. Unlike other diseases, hypertension has little to no physical signs and symptoms and is, therefore, a condition “hiding in plain sight”.

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen an increase of 67% in hypertension cases over the past three decades. Nearly 1 in 3 adults older than 25 suffer from hypertension, and only 50% are aware of their condition. Only 25% of those who are aware of their condition manage it. This means an alarming 75% of the world’s hypertensive population are possible candidates for strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure and sudden death.

Most people with uncontrolled hypertension have medical aid, consult their healthcare provider twice a year, but remain undiagnosed (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health PromotionDivision for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention). The result, many missed opportunities to gain control.

Fortunately, blood pressure can easily be monitored without any discomfort using blood pressure monitors. Once diagnosed with high blood pressure it can be managed and prevented through lifestyle alterations or medication.

A quick breakdown compiled by the World Hypertension League published in The Journal of Clinical Hypertension 2014, on blood pressure:

  • Normal/Healthy blood pressure: Blood pressure below 120/80.
  • At risk of becoming hypertensive: Blood pressure is less than 140/90 but above 120/80.
    Take immediate steps to improve your lifestyle. Quit smoking; lose weight; be active; eat healthy; reduce salt intake; and cut down on your fat. *Meet with a healthcare provider to reassess your blood-pressure status once a year.
  • Consult a healthcare provider to see if you have hypertension: Blood pressure is above 140/90.

Disclaimer: Please note that Mopani Pharmacy can only provide you with blood pressure readings and advise you on your diet. A consultation with your medical doctor is crucial in determining which medicine or medical device is clinically indicated for you.

FREE Blood Pressure Check

We recommend you check your blood pressure at least once a year. Know your numbers this ‘World Hypertension Day’. Let us assist you in preventing this treatable condition. Visit any of our clinics this Friday, 17 May 2019 for a FREE blood pressure check. No bookings required.