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Hypertension – know your numbers<p>​World Hypertension Day is on 17 May. </p><p>City Health encourages residents to get their blood pressure checked, and to take the necessary steps to manage hypertension, if a diagnosis is made.</p><p>Hypertension is defined as a reading of 140/90 or higher. </p><p>Known as the ‘silent killer’, it generally has no symptoms, but can strike quite unexpectedly. </p><p>The good news is that medication, combined with a healthy lifestyle, can prevent complications.</p><p>‘South Africa faces an uphill battle with lifestyle diseases, including hypertension. We have seen an exponential rise in high blood pressure cases over the last two decades, with one in three of our population living with the disease. Apart from the risks of heart attacks and strokes, uncontrolled high blood pressure can also lead to heart failure, kidney failure, visual impairment and blindness and peripheral vascular disease, which can cause gangrene and amputation of limbs.</p><p>‘It’s a scary scenario, but one that can be managed, even if there is a diagnosis. We ask that the public ascertain their status, know the risk factors and implement lifestyle changes to mitigate those factors, and to take their medication regularly. Like many health concerns, self-management is critical and can be the difference between life and death,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p>For the period April 2020 to March 2021, City Health screened 421 888 clients for hypertension. During the same period, 2 727 new cases were diagnosed, and just under 50 000 clients had follow up visits at their local clinics.</p><p>Risk factors include a family history, diabetes or stroke, obesity, ethnicity, sentary lifestyle, high BP in pregnancy and a poor diet with excess alcohol, sugar and salt. However, anyone can be affected, which is why it is important that everyone has their blood pressure screened regularly. </p><p>‘All City clinics offer routine blood pressure screening at every visit. Please ensure that your blood pressure is checked at every consultation by one of our health care providers, or during a visit to your local GP or hospital. The City also runs a Live Well Challenge programme across all areas in the metropole, which teaches communities about healthy lifestyle, diet and exercise as well as how to take care of your mental health. Residents are encouraged to join the programmes at their nearest facility.</p><p>‘A healthy diet and a healthy heartbeat go hand in hand. Give your undivided attention to this disease that comes without any symptoms; check your blood pressure today and start the journey towards a longer, healthier life,’ added Councillor Badroodien. </p><p><br>End</p>2021-05-12T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#c2842554-34d9-4dd2-812a-a4db57b3b546;L0|#0c2842554-34d9-4dd2-812a-a4db57b3b546|high blood pressure;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0f4c8d10-0390-4e6a-8b31-f8fc334ac91f;L0|#00f4c8d10-0390-4e6a-8b31-f8fc334ac91f|clinic;GP0|#64f50062-24f6-4b57-9efe-0206a73018ea;L0|#064f50062-24f6-4b57-9efe-0206a73018ea|hospital10

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