High blood pressure or hypertension is a common condition amongst adults, which often goes undetected.
Approximately 1200 cases of hypertension are diagnosed each month in the Western Cape.
This World Hypertension Day, Provincial Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo has urged people to monitor their blood pressure on a regular basis.
The problem is that it's a silent killer. You won't know that you have hypertension, unless you check and measure your blood pressure.— Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape MEC for Health
High salt intake, poor diet, lack of exercise, excessive drinking or smoking and stress can all contribute to the condition.
Mbombo explains that symptoms include headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness and chest pains.
She says that residents can either visit their local clinic, chemist or buy a blood pressure kit at the pharmacy to check.
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