About Us

    The Southern African Hypertension Society is a Society that is largely managed by a concerned group of Southern African health professionals.

  • Direction We Are Heading

    Our Vision

    To contribute toward eradicating the ill-effects of high blood pressure in Southern Africa by increasing awareness, education and research in the field of hypertension.

  • What We Aim to Achieve

    Our Objectives

    The objectives of the SAHS are to education, research, set out guidelines, open communication and spread awareness.

  • Be Apart of the Solution

    Who Can Join

    It is a professional society open to all who work in the health and education sectors with an interest in hypertension.

  • Keep Up with the Times

    For Members

    Members get access to blogs, podcasts, key international speakers, latest publications, networking opportunities and more.

  • A Bit of History

    SAHS History

    The SAHS is a section 21 company. The Southern African Hypertension Society was founded in 1977



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SA Hypertension Practice Guidelines Now Available!!

Newly released in the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa

The South African Hypertension Practice Guidelines are now available! To access, pl...
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Blood Pressure Measurement: A "How To" Video

Ever wondered how to measure blood pressure correctly? Watch this video by the World Hypertension League now!

This video is a guide to the best technique for measuring blood pressure. It is ...
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Stroke and Hypertension Congress 2014 Presentations Online Now!!

The Stroke and Hypertension Congress presentations are online now. Access them here.

We are happy to share with you the presentations done at the Stroke and Hypertension Congress ...
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Leading Canadian expert questions Noakes diet and demonstrates the overall benefit of the Mediterranean diet

This article debunks the Noakes diet and provides healthy alternatives, including a recipe book, for safe and effective and evidence-based dietary requirements for weight-loss.

Canadian expert, Dr David Spence from the Stroke Prevention & Atherosclerosis Rese...
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SAHS New MOI for Members to Read

To all members, please read the new MOI for the SAHS. This will be voted on at the AGM on Saturday August 23rd in Durban at the Hypertension Congress.

Dear Members,  please read the new MOI for the SAHS. This will be voted on at the AG...
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Winner of prestigious International Society of Nephrology Pioneer Award for developing nephrology in South Africa

We are excited to announce that Professor YK Seedat has won another incredible international award!!

Professor YK Seedat has won the  ...
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ISH Developing World Award given in Greece to Professor Seedat

Professor Seedat, from the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, has been awarded the ISH Developing World Award from the International Society of Hypertension. He received this award in Greece this June 2014. Biggest congratulations!

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South African Hypertension Society and South African Heart Association announces new guidelines for Renal Denervation for resistant hypertension after results of Simplicity 3.

This document summarizes the view of the SA Hypertension Society, SA Heart and South African Society of Cardiovascular Interventionalists, to provide guidance regarding appropriate patient selection for referring physicians, interventionists, healthc

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Mediterranean diets lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar.

The PREvención con DIeta MEDiterránea (PREDIMED) trial showed that Mediterranean diets (MedDiets) supplemented with either extra virgin olive oil or nuts reduced cardiovascular events, particularly stroke, compared with a control, lower fat diet. T

Read about the results here....
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Top Award for South African Hypertension Researcher

The South African Hypertension Society is pleased to announce that the ISH Developing World Award has been given to a member of our Board.

Professor Seedat, from the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, has been awarded the...
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Opportunity for Grant Applications through Trialect Inc

Trialect Inc is soliciting applications for identifying a regional training centre in the WHO African region. Over a two-year time period, this center should progressively integrate a panel of skill-building courses on implementation research, ethi

This Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is co-sponsored by U...
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World Hypertension Day (May 17th): Call for action

In acknowledgement of World Hypertension Day on May 17th, the South African Hypertension Society is calling all South Africans to action!

Get your blood pressure checked regularly, live a healthy lifestyle including diet and exercis...
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Letter to Cape Talk regarding Noakes/Banting Diet

Open letter to Cape Talk radio station written by President of South African Hypertension Society, Professor Brian Rayner, addressing concerns surrounding the much talked about Noakes/Banting Diet.

Dear John,   There has been a lot of publicity about the Noakes/Ban...
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Epidemiology of Hypertension in Southern Africa

An overview of the epidemiology of hypertension in Southern Africa. Data provided by Professors Krisela Steyn and Alta Schutte.

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World Hypertension League awards 2 South African Hypertension Society Board Members

Prestigious awards given to 2 South African Hypertension Society Board members: Professor Brian Rayner and Professor Krisela Steyn for Notable Achievements in Hypertension and the Reduction of Dietary Salt.

The World Hypertension League has awarded the following: 1.   2014 WHL No...
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Do not take with a pinch of salt; But, expert warns salt laws fail taste test

This article highlights debates around lowering daily salt intake as a strategy to reduce non-communicable (such as hypertension) disease burden in South Africa.

REDUCING daily salt intake to less than a teaspoon a day can save South Africa R300-million in...
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2014 WHL ISH Salt Policy Statement

The International Society of Hypertension and the World Hypertension League have developed a policy statement calling for reducing dietary salt. The policy supports the WHO and the United Nations recommendations, which are based on a comprehensiv

The International Society of Hypertension and World Hypertension League call on gov...
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SAHS Endorses the World Hypertension League-International Society of Hypertension’s Sodium Policy

The Southern African Hypertension Society endorses the sodium policy statement of the World Hypertension League (WHL) and the International Society for Hypertension (ISH).

7 November 2013    Dr N...
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Letter to The Times on Hypertension

Our letter refers to the headline and the article published on the front page of ‘The Times’ on the 12 September. The statistician-general, Pali Lehohla, was reported as saying that deaths due to hypertension and stroke were more common in white

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Have your blood pressure tested

To educate South Africans about the potential deadly outcome of a lack of, or poor management of hypertension (HTN), also known as high blood pressure (BP), pharmaceutical manufacturer and supplier Novartis is running the Beat2Beat Pressure Pledge ca

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Do you have hypertension?

The University of Cape Town is looking for people with hypertension (and a history of an ischemic attack) to fill out a survey on Quality of Life. If you are interested in taking part you can contact the principal researcher, Michelle Henry, at m

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Hypertension Practitioner Recognition Programme

SAHS is pleased to announce the Hypertension Practitioner recognition programme, which is aimed to improve knowledge about the awareness, diagnosis and treatment of hypertension by encouraging and rewarding attendance at the biennial South African Hy

  SAHS is pleased to announce the Hypertension Practitioner recogniti...
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“Heart disease is a killer. The facts speak for themselves - after HIV/AIDS, heart disease is the leading cause of death in South Africa,”¹ says Professor Krisela Steyn, Chronic Disease Initiative in Africa researcher and project leader of sever

KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE ON WORLD HEART DAY “Heart disease is a killer. The...
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High blood pressure (BP) or hypertension is the leading cause of death in developing as well as in developed countries. More than six million South Africans suffer from hypertension, translating into one in every five persons. Hypertension is a 'sile

High blood pressure (BP) or hypertension is the leading cause of death in developing as well a...
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Hypertension, often referred to as high blood pressure, is a silent killer. It affects 1 in every 5 adults, and is one of the leading causes of morbidity and death in adults over the age of 50/55. * Globally, 7 million people die every year and th

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South African Hypertension Guideline

version 2014

5th hypertension guideline published by the Southern African Hypertension Society (SAHS)
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International Society of Hypertension Guideline

version 2014

2014 International Society of Hypertension/American Society of Hypertension Clinical Practice Guidelines.
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Prof. Alta Schutte

Prof. Alta Schutte

SAHS President:

I am the South African Research Chair (SARChI) inthe Early Detection and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in South Africa, based in the Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART) at the North-West University. My research spans clinical and epidemiological population studies focusing on how health behaviours affect vascular and endothelial function in the development of hypertension in black South African communities.

Prof. Angela Woodiwiss

Prof. Angela Woodiwiss

Board member:

Prof. Brain Rayner

Prof. Brain Rayner

Board Member:

Brian Rayner is Head of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, and is past President of the Southern African Hypertension Society. He graduated in M.B.Ch.B. from University of Cape Town in 1978, obtained Fellowship of the College of Medicine (SA) in 1986, and has a Master of Medicine and PhD from the University of Cape Town. His doctoral thesis studied salt sensitivity and salt sensitive hypertension in indigenous South African people. He received the World Hypertension League Award for Notable Achievement in Hypertension in 2014.

Brian Rayner's active research interests are therapy of hypertension, mutations in the ENaC, genetic determinants of salt sensitivity, HIVAN, vascular calcification and chronic kidney disease, primary aldosteronism, ethics of rationing dialysis therapy, AKI and genetics of severe hypertension in blacks. He has a major interest in hypertension guidelines, and together with Prof Seedat wrote the 2011 South African Hypertension Guideline. He has 85 publications in peer reviewed journals, is on the editorial board of the CVS Journal of Africa, and Nephron Clinical Practice, and acts as a reviewer for many peer reviewed international journals, has made over 150 presentations at local and international congresses and has written 6 chapters in books.

Prof. Gavin Norton

Gavin Norton

Board Member:

MBBCh, BSc, BSc Hons, PhD. Ad hominem full Professor in the School of Physiology, University of the Witwatersrand and honorary member of the Department of Internal Medicine, Charlotte Maxeke-Johannesburg Hospital (hypertension clinic); Director of the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Genomics Research Unit in the Faculty of Health Sciences; previous Head of Health Science Teaching in the School of Physiology, and previous Cardiovascular Block Chair of the MBBCh program, University of the Witwatersrand, where he established this teaching block. Gavin has published 145 peer-reviewed papers in largely high impact cardiovascular journals, including a number of papers in the journals Circulation (x5), Hypertension (x14), J Am Coll Cardiol, Circ Res, Cardiovasc Res and J Hypertens (x17). Gavin’s publications have been cited 3241 times and at least 33 papers have been cited 33 times (h-index=33). Gavin has supervised to completion 18 PhD and 11 MSc students. In recognition of his work Gavin has won the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award (1998), and the Young Researcher’s Special Award (1997-1998), University of the Witwatersrand. In addition Gavin has won the Phillip Tobias-Convocation Teaching Award and the 2011 Service Excellence Award. Gavin is on the editorial board of the Journal of Hypertension, the official journal of the International and European Societies of Hypertension. He is past President of the Southern African Hypertension Society (2010-2012) and currently a Board member of the Board of Directors of the Southern African Hypertension Society. He has been chair of the University of the Witwatersrand Animal Ethics Screening Committee and deputy chair of the University of the Witwatersrand Faculty Postgraduate Committee.

Prof. Ikechi Okpechi

Prof. Ikechi Okpechi

Board Member

Prof. Okpechi is a Physician, Nephrologist and Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town where he obtained his doctoral degree in 2008 for his work on metabolic syndrome and the leptin gene with kidney disease in Xhosa-speaking South Africans. He is a member of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and represents the ISN as Educational Ambassador in Africa. He is the Principal Investigator of the Africa Lupus Genetics (ALUGEN) network in Cape Town, a research group with focus on clinical and laboratory research in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). His research interest is in hypertension and glomerular diseases in Africa IN Black Africans.

Dr. R Moodley

Dr. R Moodley

Board member:

Qualifications: MBChB, FCP (SA), M.MED (INT)
Specialist Physician since 1992, part time lecturer in UKZN Dept of medicine
Interests include clinical research in hypertension and cardio metabolic diseases.

Yvonne Trinder

Yvonne Trinder

Board member:

Yvonne Trinder is a General Practitioner. She works in the Hypertension Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital and for the University of Cape Town. She is involved in contract research and has an active private practice dealing with patients who have difficult to control hypertension and complex cardiovascular problems. She is a Director and past Treasurer of the South African Hypertension Society, and has presented at several educational workshops and congresses under the auspices of the Society.

Agnes Maseko

Agnes Maseko

Board member:

Agnes Nomndeni Maseko , the daughter of John and Maggie Makhanya, the only daughter among four brothers, became interested in nursing because of her role model; Christina Dorothy Mahlangu who was the first black nurse in Bethal, the area in which she grew up.

Society Administration Contact:

President: Professor Alta Schutte
Email: Alta.Schutte@nwu.ac.za

Administrator: Joy Hunter
Tel: 021 404 3360
Fax: 021 406 6905
Email: info@hypertension.org.za

Physcal Address:
E13 Renal Unit,
Groote Schuur Hospital
New Main Building

Hypertension Congress Contact:

Sonja du Plessis
Email: sonja@londocor.co.za

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