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.
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