Focus on the ‘silent killer’

2019-05-29 06:02

WORLD Hypertension Day was observed on May 17 with the theme of “Know your Numbers”.

Coupled with May Measurement Month, the aim of the day was to create awareness regarding high blood pressure (BP) all over the world, and was created by the World Hypertension League.

According to the Heart & Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA), high blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease.

According to the Southern African Hypertension Society (SAHS), 44% to 46% of adults over the age of 15 in South Africa have high blood pressure (hypertension) but only 50% know they are affected.

Known as a silent killer, according to SAHS, there can be no indications or symptoms of ill health when it comes to hypertension — and this invisible illness can potentially, if left unchecked, lead to serious heart disease, stroke and even death.

HSFSA states that high blood pressure means that the blood pressure in your arteries is elevated and your heart has to work harder than normal to pump blood through the blood vessels.

It is important that you have your blood pressure checked regularly by your healthcare provider.

— Supplied.

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