In 2015, arterial hypertension was reported to be present in 13-58% of adults with TS, and a quarter of pediatric patients. (De Groote, et. Al, 2015) Arterial hypertension can lead to a number of health issues, and patients with hypertension are more susceptible to strokes and aortic dissection. Sign of hypertension can be present during childhood, and can continue to progressively increase in severity. If you or a loved one are a patient with TS, it’s important to have blood pressure tests done periodically to ensure that if hypertension is present, it can be properly addressed and treated.
What is Hypertension?
Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. Patients with TS can either naturally be hypertensive, or it can result from various environmental factors (stress, unhealthy eating habits, etc.) Hypertension can vary in symptoms depending on the severity. While some patients may exhibit no symptoms at all, or occasional headaches, others can have major complications, including heart failure, heart attacks, and kidney failure, if the condition is ignored or not properly treated.
How Do I Know if I Have Hypertension?
Local pharmacies offer blood pressure screenings, which can be used for patients to routinely monitor their blood pressure. The average blood pressure is 120(systolic)/80(diastolic). Systolic and diastolic are used to indicate the points at which the heart contracts and relaxes. High blood pressure does not necessarily mean you have hypertension, as blood pressure can vary based on age and weight. Consult your healthcare provider if you are concerned that your blood pressure is abnormal.
How Can I Treat Hypertension?
High blood pressure can be remediated in a number of ways. Healthy eating habits and lifestyle can greatly reduce the risk of hypertensive-related conditions. The goal is to reduce the amount of cholesterol and lipids found in the body. (For more information about cholesterol and lipids, click here). There are also a number of medications available that can reduce blood pressure if a medical condition is present the results in a naturally high blood pressure. Consult your healthcare provider before taking any medications that may have unwanted side effects.
Clinical Guidelines Handbook Pg. 54