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The thrombotic risk of non-valvular AF

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia that a clinical practioner will have to deal with. The prevalence of atrial fibrillation increases with increasing age. AF increases the risk of an embolic stroke five-fold, irrespective of whether the AF is chronic or paroxysmal and recently it was realised that up to 30% […]

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Top natural ways to manage high blood pressure

Hypertension is a dangerous, chronic health condition that can lead to life-threatening cardiovascular disease, strokes and even kidney failure. It’s called a ‘silent killer’ as the symptoms of hypertension are often so subtle a person won’t know they have it unless they are tested.  (more…)

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Early treatment of hypertension can prevent future disease

Millions of South Africans suffer from chronic hypertension, which is a major risk factor for stroke, heart disease, including heart attack and heart failure, vascular disease and kidney disease. There are often no obvious symptoms of high blood pressure, yet the consequences can be deadly. “People often ask their doctors why they should take tablets […]

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Tesar 40mg and 80mg tablets available

Pharma Dynamics has announced the launch of Tesar 40mg and 80mg tablets to complement its extensive range of antihypertensive medications. Tesar is indicated in the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension, either alone or in combination with hydrochlorothiazide. Telmisartan has a plasma half-life of 24 hours resulting in a sustained duration of action, particularly in […]

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Measuring BP in the office

Prof James Ker An elevated blood pressure remains the single most important cause of death globally and the single risk factor for global burden of disease. Treating hypertension remains one of the most important functions of medical or healthcare workers. Even into 2014 the diagnosis of hypertension is still defined as a blood pressure of […]

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Bariatric Surgery and Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Prof James Ker Recently, a scientific statement from the American Heart Association was published.1 Worldwide, the rate of obesity is rising, especially in those with severe obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of >40kg/m2. Obesity is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. In addition, more adolescents are nowadays severely obese. Definition of severe […]

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