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2019-03-14 06:00

. South Africa has the highest incidence of high blood pressure among people aged 50 and older, compared to any other country in the world. Almost eight in 10 people in this age group have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.

. Younger people are also at risk, with an estimated one in three South Africans older than 15 having high blood pressure.

. Research published in the SA Medical Journal in September 2018 says one in five children at the age of five is hypertensive and 60% of children with elevated blood pressure maintain that status into adulthood.

. By decreasing salt consumption by even just 0,85 g per day, deaths related to heart disease could be decreased by 7 400, which would result in 4 300 fewer non-fatal strokes per year.

. Your body needs only a small amount of salt to be healthy.

. Many people don’t know they have high blood pressure, as one cannot feel it.

. Your blood pressure should be checked annually.

Source: The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa


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