Data released by the World Health Organization (WHO), show that about 27.4% of men and 26.1% of women in South Africa have hypertension. However, a 2017 South African study reported a prevalence rate of up to 60%. Although hypertension is a leading cause of stroke, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and renal failure, it remains underdiagnosed and undertreated.

According to the South African Hypertension Society, lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure (BP) targets, such as 130/80 mmHg, may be appropriate for individuals at high risk of CV disease, if they can be achieved without undue treatment burden [Image: Shutterstock].

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