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04 February 2014

Study reveals South Africa has world’s highest rate of high blood pressure

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

New research reveals that South Africa has the highest rate of high blood pressure reported among people aged 50 and over for any country in the world, at any time in history.

Analysis of data from a major survey found that 78 per cent of those who took part in South Africa tested positive for high blood pressure, or hypertension. Less than one in 10 people were effectively controlling their condition with medication.

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)