Hypertension is a major public health challenge worldwide, including South Africa. The availability of effective medication makes hypertension one of the most modifiable cardiovascular disease risk factors and optimal management, including lifestyle changes and medication, can significantly reduce the risk of complications, and decrease the associated social and medical costs. Nonetheless, this silent epidemic is not matched with comparable levels of awareness among policymakers or the general population. Lifestyle modification strategies need to be promoted through population-based approaches.
A recently published article discusses the burden of CVD in SA, current initiatives to address it and the costs of an inadequate policy response.
The March 2011 issue of the SACEMA Quarterly is out and contains articles on e.g. perioperative cardiovascular disease, medical statistics.
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