Hypertension is on the rise in SA, with men worse off than women: study
There have been huge improvements in managing the disease, but awareness and control are lacking
Just more than 20 years ago only 8% of South African men were aware of their hypertension status and only 9% were on treatment. But 18 years later, hypertension awareness had more than doubled and treatment had increased 10-fold among men.
This while women’s awareness of their blood pressure status jumped substantially, from just 18% in 1998 to 31% in 2016, and treatment of the condition among women jumped more than six-fold, from 13% to 82% in the same period.
These are some of the statistics contained in a new study by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the University of Warwick in the UK...