Monday, May 19, 2014

Health - “Know your Blood Pressure”

On Sakhisizwe today, we spoke to Jessica Bacon - Registered dietician at the Heart and Stroke Foundation about high blood pressure. The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa has joined its voice with the World Health Organisation to call on South Africans to know their blood pressure. It is reported that with 6.3 million people living with high blood pressure, South Africa has one of the highest rates of hypertension worldwide. Last Saturday May 17th was the World Hypertension Day. It is estimated that about 1 billion people or approximately 25% of the world's adult population currently have hypertension and associated to the 7.1 million deaths annually and an even greater number of cardiovascular disease events. World Hypertension Day aims to promote public awareness of hypertension and to encourage citizens of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer, the modern epidemic. This year’s theme was “Know your Blood Pressure. For further information you can contact the Foundation on 0860 1 43278 (0860 1 HEART) or visit www.heartfoundation.co.za 

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