The South African Medical Association (SAMA) said on Thursday that one out of every four people between the ages of 15 and 64 in South Africa suffer from high blood pressure, and that more than a hundred of them die every day
An estimated 53 men and 78 women in the country die daily of complications resulting from the condition.
The chairman of SAMA, Dr Mzukisi Grootboom, said this makes it the most prevalent medical cause of death in South Africa.
While there is no medical cure for hypertension, Grootboom said it can be medically treated to keep blood pressure figures below or within acceptable limits.
He said the success of the treatment depends on your ability to take the treatment daily as prescribed.
“Hypertension awareness, treatment and control are critically important for the prevention of associated cardiovascular and kidney diseases, hence the emphasis on ‘knowing your numbers’. It is vital that all citizens, specifically those in the danger age range, check their blood pressure reguraly to ensure they do not have elevated BPs,” Grootboom said.
SAMA urged people to reduce salt consumption, eat more fruits and vegetables, reduce or managing stress, limit alcohol intake, avoid tobacco use, be physically active, and maintain a healthy body weight.
Author: ANA Newswire